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New offensive in Syria...Alleged White House intruder charged...Big blaze could grown

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 22, 2014 at 8:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and allies are going after Islamic State targets in Syria. The Pentagon says the offensive involves fighter jets, bombers and cruise missiles launched from ships in the region. Previous airstrikes have been in Iraq, where the extremists also control large swaths of territory. The group has killed thousands of people, including two American journalists who were beheaded.

NEW YORK (AP) — Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he'll use a speech at the U.N. General Assembly this week to demand an international resolution that would set a timetable for ending Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Abbas says if the world body doesn't act, he'll seek membership in international institutions including the International Criminal court.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — The West African nation of Sierra Leone is expected to make an announcement tomorrow of a sharp increase in the number of Ebola patients within its borders. It follows a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which everyone was told to stay at home as health teams went door-to-door handing out soap and attempting to identify new cases.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal prosecutor says investigators found more than 800 rounds ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of climbing the White House fence and making it through the front door. Omar Gonzalez, who had a knife when detained, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of illegally entering a restricted area with a dangerous weapon.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fire officials say warmer temperatures, low humidity and strong winds in the forecast could spread a big Northern California wildfire that is burning east of Sacramento. The King Fire has already consumed 137 square miles and still poses a threat to thousands of homes. Smoke from the blaze has spread into Nevada.

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