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Search for shooter continues in Poconos...White House security questions...Explosive wildfire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 20, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.



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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — State police in Pennsylvania continue their search for 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) in the Pocono Mountains. Frein is suspected of the fatal ambush of a state police trooper and the area where police have been hunkering down is where he lived with his parents. Overnight, roads were closed and authorities told residents to stay inside. Some residents were stuck outside their neighborhood, but they were allowed to return to their homes after daybreak.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A rare White House breach where a fence jumper actually made it in the door before being captured is renewing intense scrutiny of the Secret Service. The agency has been marred in recent years by multiple allegations of misconduct. It's unclear whether a fence-jumper has ever made it into the White House before. The incident occurred just minutes after President Barack Obama had departed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Current and former U.S. officials say the CIA is cooling its heels these days when it comes to spying on friendly governments in Western Europe. That's after the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency. The pause is designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and whether spying on allies is worth it.

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive Northern California wildfire continues to burn explosively due to drought conditions so severe that record-breaking amounts of fire retardants are being dropped. Retardant is used as an initial attack tool on wildfires to buy time for crews to get to the scene and dig fire lines, but the fire activity is so extreme it's pushing through their lines about 60 miles east of Sacramento. Some 2,800 people have evacuated and multiple structures have burned.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (AH'-meht dah-voot-OH'-loo) says 49 Turkish hostages held by Islamic militants have been freed. The Turks, including diplomatic staff, were seized from the consulate on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran Mosul and stormed the Turkish Consulate. The group was released early this morning and has arrived in Turkey.

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