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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. director of national intelligence says a group of al-Qaida fighters in Syria poses a potential threat to the U.S. homeland equal to that of the Islamic State militants. James Clapper is the first U.S. intelligence official to use the name of the cell, the Khorasan Group. He spoke at an intelligence conference in Washington. The Khorasan Group has been described by U.S. intelligence officials as a cell of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who are trying to recruit Western extremists to attack Europe and the U.S.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been released from jail, after his arrest on aggravated assault charges. They stem from two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and an 18-month-old child. It's the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation yesterday and are cooperating with the investigation. Dwyer has been deactivated from all team activities. Police say he has denied committing any assault.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the country have gathered at a northeastern Pennsylvania cathedral for the funeral for a state trooper killed in an ambush outside his barracks. Bryon Dickson was gunned down late Friday outside a rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. Another trooper was wounded in the ambush. It's touched off a massive manhunt for Eric Frein (freen), who's described as an anti-law-enforcement survivalist. Police named him the suspect after finding his abandoned SUV nearby.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have opened higher, a day after the Dow closed at a record high. The Federal Reserve yesterday made it clear that it would continue to keep an interest rate at an all-time low, for now. Today's gains follow a positive report on jobless claims. The government says the number of people applying for unemployment benefits fell by a sharp 36,000 last week. And the total number of people collecting benefits during the first week of September was the lowest in more than seven years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen says the Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on. She says a Fed survey finds that an unexpected expense of just $400 would force the majority of American families to borrow money, sell something or simply not pay. In a speech delivered by video to a Washington conference, Yellen says there is a critical need to encourage people to take small steps to boost their savings.

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