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BELL, Fla. (AP) — A sheriff in northern Florida says a grandfather has killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself. It happened in the small town of Bell, about 30 miles west of Gainesville. The Gilchrist County sheriff says the children ranged in age from 3 months to 10 years old. A deputy who arrived on the scene made contact with 51-year-old Don Spirit, who later committed suicide. Some people at the home were left alive.

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — State police may be closing in on the man suspected of ambushing police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania last week, killing one trooper and wounding another. Officers have blocked roads in Barrett Township, and a shelter has been set up for residents who can't get to their homes. The area is near the home of suspect Eric Frein (freen).

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has overwhelmingly approved authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic State. The approval was linked to legislation that also provides funding that will keep the government operating after the end of the budget year on Sept. 30. President Barack Obama says he's pleased the measure had bipartisan support.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group has released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In the three-minute video, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken on the role of offensive lineman. He's blocking for embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Commenting during a broadcast interview, Christie says Goodell should stay in his job despite mounting criticism over his handling of a domestic violence incident involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

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