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Islamic State targeted in Syria...Leaders to consider climate change...Ebola warning

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 22, 2014 at 10:40 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Partnering with five Arab nations, the U.S. is leading airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State, the group responsible for killing thousands of people including two American journalists. Officials say the first wave was launched at about 8:30 p.m. EDT and involved cruise missiles launched from ships in the region, plus manned aircraft including bombers and fighters. The participating countries are Bahrain, Qatar (GUH'-tur), Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates. Until this point, all of the nearly 200 airstrikes against Islamic State targets were confined to Iraq.

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 100 world leaders are gathering for a United Nation's summit on climate change. The one-day summit Tuesday is part of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's push to help world leaders reach a goal they set in 2009 to prevent Earth's temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit from where it is now. Scientists this week said the world set another record last year for the amount of carbon pollution spewed into the atmosphere.

LONDON (AP) — New estimates from the World Health Organization warn the number of Ebola cases could hit 21,000 in six weeks unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up. WHO officials say cases are continuing to increase exponentially and Ebola could sicken people for years to come without better control measures. There are an estimated 5,800 cases in West Africa, and about 2,800 deaths.

EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Health officials in Connecticut say four people were bitten by a fox on Monday, including a second grade boy who was attacked during an outdoor gym class. The boy was rescued by his gym teacher, who ripped the animal off him. The teacher and a staffer were also bitten. A fourth person was bitter earlier. The fox was captured and is being tested for rabies.

CHICAGO (AP) — Fans of musician David Bowie can check out an exhibit that opens Tuesday at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. It's called "David Bowie is" and features 400 items from his five-decade career including a body suit he wore as "Ziggy Stardust." Chicago is the only U.S. stop on the exhibit's schedule.

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