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In Boston, a convicted felon, who isn't supposed to have weapons, posted photos of himself with guns on Twiter. A Fla. man fell asleep while apparently robbing a house. He slept as police took photos.
Syrian President Bashar Assad is in the fourth year of a civil war against ISIS and other rebel groups. But some say he's let ISIS flourish so it can overwhelm more moderate, Western-backed rebels.
Grain elevators, auto manufacturers and Amtrak passengers are still facing lengthy delays on rails, as freight train congestion continues to be a drag on the economy all across the country. The problem is particularly bad in the upper Midwest and Great Plains states, where some grain elevators have been waiting to ship their product to market since April. Many blame the delays on the huge increase in Bakken crude oil shipped by rail from North Dakota to refineries in the south, Midwest and on both coasts. The railroads deny they're favoring oil shipments over other products. On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce committee held a hearing on the matter while considering legislation to beef up the enforcement power of the Surface Transportation Board.
Southwest Airlines has joined a growing number of airlines that are hiring social media "first responders" to help with customer relations.
Audie Cornish talks to geographer David Salisbury about his friend Edwin Chota. Chota — the Peruvian activist who advocated that land that was being illegally logged should be given to indigenous groups — was murdered deep in the Amazon jungle on Sept. 1. The murder was not reported until this week because of the remote location.
In a prime-time address on Wednesday night, President Obama is expected to frame the threat posed by the Islamic State and outline his strategy for "degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group." The speech comes as domestic public opinion on intervention has changed markedly in the wake of the beheading of two American journalists.