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New threat from Islamic State...Search continues for Afghan soldiers in Massachusetts...Stocks open lower

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 22, 2014 at 7:50 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — The spokesman for the Islamic State militant group says his fighters are ready to face a U.S.-led military coalition. And he's calling on Muslims worldwide to kill civilians from nations that join the fight. President Barack Obama is currently working to form a global coalition to confront the Islamic State group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq.

CAMP EDWARDS, Mass. (AP) — For a second day, police and military officials are searching for three Afghan military officers who went missing during a training exercise in Massachusetts. They'd been taking part in an annual exercise involving more than 200 troops from six nations including the United States. The Afghan soldiers had last been seen at a Cape Cod shopping mall on Saturday. Military officials say they pose no threat to the public.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are lower as investors worry about some soft economic data from China and a profit warning by the British retailer Tesco. The Dow had three record-high closes last week and is coming off of five straight gains. Yahoo fell 3 percent, the most in the S&P 500.

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models. The iPhone is available in the U.S., Canada and several other countries. It will go on sale in 20 more countries on Sept. 26 and others by the end of the year. Besides larger screens, the new phones offer faster performance and a wireless chip for making credit card payments.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Streets in the capital of Sierra Leone are bustling again today. The West African nation saw an unprecedented nationwide shutdown for three days, in an effort to fight the spread of Ebola. Officials say more than a million households were checked for Ebola patients, and were given information on the deadly disease.

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