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Airstrikes took out training camps...Afghan soldiers in custody...Obama: US will do its part on climate change

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 11:51 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says the airstrikes launched by the U.S. and Arab allies in Syria took out key training camps and facilities of the Islamic State militant group. But an official says it's too soon to tell if other strikes carried out by the United States on its own were able to disrupt a terrorist attack being planned by al-Qaida militants, known as the Khorasan Group. Lt. Gen. William Mayville says the group was "nearing the execution phase" of an attack against Europe or the U.S.

BOSTON (AP) — Three Afghanistan National Army officers who vanished during training in Massachusetts are now in custody of U.S. immigration officials after being detained on the Canadian border. Officials say the officers face removal proceedings after being charged with administrative immigration violations. The three had been participating in a training exercise at a military base on Cape Cod. They were reported missing Saturday after leaving the base to visit a shopping mall. Yesterday, they were detained while crossing the border at Niagara Falls. U.S. officials have said they did not believe the men posed any danger.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama says the climate is changing faster than efforts to address global warming. Obama, speaking at a U.N. summit on climate change, said the U.S. will do its part, but he adds that no nation gets a free pass. He says the U.S. will meet its goal to cut carbon pollution 17 percent by 2020, compared to 2005 levels. The summit aims to galvanize support for a global climate treaty to be finalized next year.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Officials in Sierra Leone say 130 confirmed cases of Ebola were found during a three-day nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. Officials are awaiting tests on about 70 more suspected cases. They also say 92 bodies were recovered during the shutdown. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is believed to have sickened more than 5,800 people and killed more than 2,800, primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say a UPS employee opened fire this morning inside one of the company's warehouses in Alabama, killing two people before taking his own life. The police chief in Birmingham, A.C. Roper, says the gunman was wearing his uniform when he started shooting either in or near some offices inside the warehouse. It's in an industrial area near the Birmingham airport. Roper says the gunman had apparently shot himself by the time officers got inside the warehouse. No one else was hurt.

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