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OBAMA PLANS SYRIA SPEECH

 

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) -- President Barack Obama acknowledged deep divisions at home and abroad on Friday over his call for military action in Syria - and conceded the possibility he'll fail to sway the American public. He refused to say whether he would act without passage of congressional authorization for a strike in response to chemical weapons use.

 

Setting the stage for an intense week of lobbying in Washington over the strike resolution, Obama said he planned to make his case to the American people in an address Tuesday night.

 

Obama laid out in new detail his reasoning for seeking congressional approval, saying it was because the use of chemical weapons in Syria didn't pose an imminent threat to the United States or its allies - situations in which he said he would have responded immediately. But he said the use of weapons of mass destruction is a long-term threat to the United States and the world, and the U.S. has the ability to respond with air strikes without the risk of putting troops on the ground.

 

"It's conceivable at the end of the day I don't persuade a majority of the American people that it's the right thing to do," Obama acknowledged. "And then each member of Congress is going to have to decide."

 

Obama, speaking at the end of a two-day Group of 20 economic summit, earlier held a surprise meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a chief opponent of U.S. military action. Both Obama and Putin said that while they still disagreed, the meeting was constructive.

 

FEWER SEA TURTLES ARRIVING IN NICARAGUA

 

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- Authorities and environmentalists say the number of sea turtles arriving on Nicaragua's Pacific coast is dropping sharply this year, something they say could be an effect of climate change.

 

Environment authorities say 2,000 turtles arrived on the coast of Rivas state in July and August. They say that in the same two-month period last year 21,350 turtles made their way to that coast.

 

Rivas environment delegate Mario Rodriguez said Thursday that authorities and volunteers had been expecting to welcome 5,000 turtles Monday but only 92 reached the beach.

 

He says it is the sharpest drop in sea turtles recorded by authorities in 10 years.

 

Experts say the drop could be due to climate change, which is affecting the ocean's temperature and tides.

 

TICKETMASTER PUTS RESALE, UNSOLD TICKETS IN 1 SPOT

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Fans of popular artists or sports teams know how hard it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices.

 

Now, Ticketmaster will show you what seats are available in one place - both unsold ones and those up for resale - so you can price-shop a little more easily.

 

The nation's largest ticket-seller began rolling out its system, called Ticketmaster Plus, last month.

 

More than two dozen professional sports teams have signed up, including many in the NFL.

 

With the pro football beginning in earnest Sunday, millions of fans could start using the system very soon.

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