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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Associated Press

Democrats and Republicans gathered Wednesday to celebrate a $20 million federal grant designed to move Kentucky toward new forms of energy, a tricky subject in a state dominated by the coal industry.

Saratoga Race Course honors military services

Associated Press

It's Military Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course, with free admission for all U.S. military service members and veterans and special ceremonies honoring active duty members and veterans throughout the afternoon.

This undated image posted on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a fighter from the Islamic State group, armed with a knife and an automatic weapon, next to captured Syrian army soldiers and officers, following the battle for the Tabqa air base, in Raqqa, Syria. As the U.S. strikes Islamic State militant targets in Iraq, extremists of the same group are unhindered in their growth across the border in Syria, capturing new territory and becoming bolder by the day. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center)

Sources: US considering new relief mission in Iraq

- Associated Press

The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

** FILE ** The exterior of the Arak heavy water production facility in Arak, Iran, 360 kms southwest of Tehran, is seen on in this Oct. 27, 2004, file photo. Seven international envoys are getting a look inside two key Iranian nuclear sites in a tour that Tehran hopes will build support ahead of more talks on its disputed atomic work. The envoys will see the unfinished heavy water reactor near Arak on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, and the uranium enrichment facility near Natanz later. (AP Photo/Fars News Agancy)

Report: Iran redesigning reactor as part of deal

Associated Press

Iran's nuclear chief said Wednesday that workers have begun redesigning its nearly completed Arak heavy water reactor to limit the amount of plutonium it can make as part of the country's interim deal over its nuclear program with world powers.

Australia and Indonesia mending intel differences

- Associated Press

Australia and Indonesia have reached a new agreement on how they'll use their intelligence operations in the future, even settling their disagreement on its name.

Finland, Sweden increase ties to NATO

Associated Press

Finland and Sweden plan to work more closely with NATO by signing a pact that allows assistance from alliance troops in the Nordic countries in emergency situations, officials said Wednesday.

Oscar the Grouch photo illustration

VA depicts veterans as Oscar the Grouch

- The Washington Times

Just as President Obama is promising to reform the veterans' health care and restore “dignity” to the system, the Veterans Affairs office in Philadelphia is apologizing for depicting dissatisfied veterans as Oscar the Grouch in an internal training guide.

Outgoing commander of ISAF, U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford, first left, and incoming U.S. Army Commander for International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), Gen. John F. Campbell, first right, salute during a change of command ceremony at the ISAF Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. ISAF is a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan that was established by the United Nations Security Council in 2001. It will end its mission at the end of 2014. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

US commander: Taliban will test Afghans in 2015

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's election stalemate this summer hurt progress in training the country's military, and resolving the political chaos will be key to that military's success in 2015, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said as he stepped down as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

State treasurer and former CEO Doug Ducey, right, hugs his son Sam Ducey, with other son Joe Ducey, left, joining them as they all smile as the candidate arrives to claim victory on winning the Republican primary for Arizona governor Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.  Ducey defeated five other Republican candidates and will face Democrat Fred DuVal, who was unopposed in the primary, in November. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GOP's Ducey, Dems' DuVal hit campaign trail

- Associated Press

Democrat Fred DuVal faced his first attack ad Wednesday as the general election contest in the Arizona governor's race kicked off in earnest.

New counterterrorism units at Australian airports

- Associated Press

New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia's two largest airports since last week and had already prevented two suspected jihadists from leaving the country, officials said.

Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

This March 23, 2008 photo provided by the Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office shows Douglas McAuthur McCain. On Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, a U.S. official said McCain, a U.S. citizen, is believed to have been killed in Syria and was there to fight alongside a terrorist group, most likely the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn. Sheriff's Office)

AP source: American militant said killed in Syria

- Associated Press

An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.