The city of San Bernardino is expected to learn if it is eligible for bankruptcy protection, despite the opposition of California's powerful public pension system. The case is an important test for the federal law used by Detroit and other U.S. cities burdened by pension payment costs.
A senior US administration official says there is "very little doubt" that a chemical weapon was used by the Syrian regime against civilians in an incident that killed at least a hundred people last week. The White House says if chemical weapons were used, the act will not go unpunished.
Abu Mohammed Al-Golani, the leader of an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group, has vowed to target Shiite Muslim villages to avenge a deadly alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus. President Bashar Assad's regime is dominated by the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.