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CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say they believe they're hot on the trail of the suspect in last week's deadly police barracks ambush. They've been searching the heavy woods in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania and have found items they believe Eric Frein (freen) abandoned or hid, including an AK-47-style weapon and ammunition. Authorities say Frein used a high-powered rifle to open fire from the woods near a state police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one trooper and wounding a second.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the Obama administration is pleased with its progress in building a coalition to fight the Islamic State group. Samantha Power tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that "commitments are coming in every day," though she did not name individual Arab countries that have promised to participate. Meanwhile, Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey says the success of the U.S.-led military campaign depends on getting more Arab help.

KUCUK KENDIRCILER, Turkey (AP) — A defense official in the Kurdish region of northern Syria says there's been heavy fighting today between the Islamic State group and Kurdish fighters. Activists say the extremists have taken control of 64 villages in northern Syria since Wednesday. That's sent a flood of refugees to Turkey. The head of Turkey's disaster management agency says 100,000 have entered in less than a week.

ROME (AP) — The Italian coast guard says a cargo ship has rescued at least 55 migrants from Libyan waters after their rubber dinghy capsized. They say several bodies were spotted in the sea and up to 30 people might be missing. Thousands fleeing war or poverty have been arriving weekly on Italian shores. They've been coming in smugglers' boats or needing rescue at sea.

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Gas prices are dropping. The latest Lundberg survey finds the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped 9 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.37. Analyst Trilby Lundberg says falling crude oil prices drove the declines, but a crash in prices of ethanol and the fact that winter-grade gasoline costs less to produce also were a factor.

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