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NASHVILLE — A long-expected plan for a Medicaid expansion in Tennessee could be placed before federal officials soon, Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday. If the feds approve, an estimated 180,000 low-income state residents could be eligible for subsidized health insurance.

A man who stabbed and raped a woman in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2012 was sentenced Thursday to 27 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

A vehicle crash involving a van and a motorcycle led to the death of motorcyclist Julie Huckabee this morning, according to a news release from the Chattanooga Police Department.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

Traffic will be narrowed to a single lane overnight on northbound U.S. Highway 27 between the Olgiati Bridge and the Manning Street Bridge.

BEIRUT — The Islamic State group killed more than 150 troops captured in recent fighting for a string of military bases in northeastern Syria, shooting some and slashing others with knives in the past 24 hours in the latest mass killing attributed to the extremists, activists said Thursday.

CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple will show off its newest products Sept. 9. The iPhone and iPad maker set the date in invitations mailed Thursday to reporters and others who typically come to see the unveiling of Apple's latest twists on technology.

NEW YORK — Joan Rivers is in a New York City hospital Thursday after she was rushed from a doctor's office when she went into cardiac arrest, police and hospital officials said.

A city auditor’s probe criticizes Chattanooga Public Library director Corinne Hill for excess reimbursements for worldwide trips and says her top two employees have been reported to the state for suspected fraud.

ROSWELL, Ga. — Labor Day came early for a Roswell woman who gave birth inside a Walmart near Atlanta.

Chattanooga's Memorial Health Care System will receive funding through the National Cancer Institute to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research.

NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine — Two columns of tanks and military vehicles rolled into southeastern Ukraine from Russia on Thursday after Grad missiles were fired at a border post and Ukraine's overmatched border guards fled, a top Ukrainian official said.

UNITED NATIONS — An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers are trapped, the United Nations said.

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