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Activists: Airstrikes in Syria inflicting casualties...Alleged WH fence jumper had other incidents...LA wharf fire

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.



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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The United States and five Arab countries have begun launching airstrikes on militants in Syria. Some of those airstrikes are targeting the city of Raqqa (RAH'-kah), the Islamic State group's self-declared capital in Syria. Syria's foreign ministry says Washington informed the Syrian envoy to the United Nations before airstrikes began Monday night Eastern Time. Activists say the attacks have inflicted casualties among jihad fighters on the ground.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say two months before a former soldier allegedly hopped a White House fence and got through the White House door, he was arrested in rural Virginia. Officials say Omar Gonzalez was heavily armed in July and was carrying a map of Washington, with a circle drawn around the White House. In a court appearance Monday, the prosecutor says Gonzalez also was stopped while walking by the White House in August, and was carrying a hatchet. And authorities say on Friday, Gonzalez was carrying a knife while 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets were in his car.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report is being released Tuesday on the security of the government health care website. The government's own watchdogs say they tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they call a critical vulnerability. But when hackers from the inspector general's office tried to mimic what a malicious hacker might try to do next, they were blocked by the system's defenses.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The man wanted in the ambush shooting of two Pennsylvania State troopers continues to elude authorities, but the manhunt has narrowed to the rural area where suspect Eric Frein (freen) grew up. State police have been closing roads in the Canadensis area and some residents still are unable to get back to their homes in the heavily wooded region of the Pocono Mountains. Tensions have been running high since the Sept. 12 shooting that killed one trooper and wounded another.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wharf fire at the Port of Los Angeles has forced the evacuation of people from a warehouse and two terminals and the removal of ships and boats from the area. An LA fire spokeswoman says about 150 firefighters had the bulk of the blaze contained about 2 ½ hours after it started Monday night, but stubborn flames underneath the docks were too hard to reach. The blaze was attacked with helicopters and trucks, but fireboats were the only thing that was effective.

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