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Hunt continues for ambush suspect...Doubts about Turkish hostage story...Aground at Statue of Liberty

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 20, 2014 at 2:41 p.m.



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CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Law enforcement officers wearing bulletproof vests and carrying heavy rifles are combing a heavily wooded area near the home of a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper. Authorities have closed roads into the Pocono Mountains neighborhood about 100 miles north of Philadelphia and issued a shelter-in-place warning to residents. State police say they are taking "extreme precautionary measures" as they hunt for Eric Frein (freen).

ANAKARA (AP) — Turkey says it freed 49 hostages from the Islamic State group without firing a shot, paying a ransom, or offering a quid pro quo. Family members cheered the hostages as they got off the plane in Turkey's capital today after more than three months in captivity. However, experts are expressing doubts about the government's explanation of how they were freed. One former Turkish diplomat says the official story sounds "too good to be true."

BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Kurdish fighters are crossing from Turkey and Iraq into neighboring Syria to defend a Kurdish area under attack by Islamic State militants. Syrian Kurdish fighters had been successfully fighting off the militants for the past two years, but the tide changed this month, as Islamic State fighters used weapons and armor seized from Iraqi soldiers to capture dozens of villages. More than 60,000 Kurdish civilians have fled to Turkey.

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (AHB'-del fat-AH' el-SEE'-see) tells The Associated Press he is prepared to give whatever support is needed in the fight against the Islamic State group. But he says a "comprehensive strategy" is needed to tackle the roots of extremism across the region. In his first interview with a foreign media outlet since taking office in June, el-Sissi says Egyptians realized the danger of "political Islam" and that if he had not ousted President Mohammed Morsi last year, his country would have faced the "civil war" and bloodshed now seen in Iraq and Syria.

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100 passengers have been rescued from a tourist ship that ran aground in low waters near New York City's Statue of Liberty this afternoon. Officials say none of the 121 passengers on the 120-foot tall schooner Clipper City were injured. The ship's owner says the Clipper City is now anchored in the harbor near Liberty Island. A tugboat will bring it back to port at high tide.

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