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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. warplanes have been busy over Syria -- attacking the Islamic State group's headquarters in eastern Syria and also a network of al-Qaida veterans near the Syrian city of Aleppo. The attacks targeting the Islamic State were carried out with the help of five Arab nations, but the U.S. acted alone in the strike on the shadowy Khorosan Group, disrupting what the U.S. military calls "imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests."

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is challenging more than 100 world leaders at a climate summit to set a new course for a warming world and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases. Today's one-day summit at the annual U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders is a forum for non-binding pledges. It is designed to lay the groundwork for a new global treaty to tackle climate change due at the end of next year.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Sierra Leone's president says authorities are considering another nationwide shutdown. During a three-day shutdown over the weekend in the West African country, teams visited more than 1 million households to hand out information on Ebola and check for sick people. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa has spiraled into the largest ever. The World Health Organization has linked more than 2,800 deaths and more than 5,800 cases to the disease. But it has warned that even those tolls are likely vast underestimates.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are lower following disappointing economic news and U.S.-led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria. Earlier today, European markets fell after a closely watched gauge of business activity in the eurozone fell to a nine-month low in September.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Officials have taken articles of clothing from the apartment of the man they believe was the last person seen with a missing University of Virginia student. Police say the items were recovered during a search of Jesse Matthew's apartment yesterday. Police are awaiting lab results from items they recovered, and authorities are still trying to locate the campus employee to arrest him on a reckless driving charge. Matthew hasn't been charged in the disappearance, but authorities say they want to talk to him about 18-year-old Hannah Graham.

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