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Texas activated 1,200 National Guard troops and other emergency workers after forecasters issued warnings Monday that tropical storm Dolly in the Gulf is expected to strengthen into a hurricane and may make landfall at the Texas-Mexico border later this week. Officials said to expect up to 20 inches of rain in coastal areas.

A Defense Department memo released Monday reveals that combat training by private contractors concerns Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In the memo Gates addressed to the Pentagon's top military officer, Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, he asks if "we are comfortable with this practice, and ... fully understand the implications in terms of quality, responsiveness, and sustainability?"

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama met Tuesday in Ramadi, Iraq, with Sunni tribal leaders who have joined US and Iraqi forces in fighting against insurgents. He next travels to Jordan and Israel.

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