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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service officers have been walking shoulder to shoulder across the North Lawn of the White House this morning, apparently combing the turf for anything that may have been dropped by a man who scaled the fence last night. The intruder sprinted across the lawn, ignoring commands from officers to halt, and made it all the way through the White House front door before apprehended. The Secret Services says a search of 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez turned up no weapons.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Law enforcement officers continue to search the area where the man suspected in last week's deadly ambush at a Pennsylvania State Police barracks lived with his parents. A police dispatcher says gunfire was reported last night. Residents stuck outside their wooded Pocono Mountains neighborhood were allowed to return to their homes after daybreak today. But a shelter in place order remains in effect.

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency reports no ransom has been paid and "no conditions were accepted" in return for the release of 49 hostages seized by the Islamic State militant group in Iraq three months ago. Cheering family members met the hostages' plane at the airport in Ankara today. Meanwhile, activists say hundreds of Kurdish fighters are flowing into Syria from Turkey to defend a Kurdish area under attack by the Islamic State militants.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Mediators of the conflict in South Sudan say there is renewed fighting there between government and rebel troops. There has been sporadic fighting despite the signing of two peace agreements, and mediators say the latest appears aimed at derailing the peace process. South Sudan descended into conflict last December when troops loyal to the former vice president clashed with those loyal to the president.

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors say they have a new tool to persuade jurors in cases involving twins: cutting-edge DNA testing that can identify genetic mutations to differentiate between identical siblings. Boston prosecutors re-indicted a rape suspect earlier this month after receiving new DNA test results they say pointed to him but ruled out his twin in two cases. Until recently, standard DNA testing has not been able to differentiate between identical twins.

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