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More than 200 strikes...Obstacles on climate change...Memorial is rebuilt

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 1:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says America and its Arab allies launched more than 200 airstrikes against roughly a dozen militant targets in Syria during the assault that began last night. The military mission was the beginning of a broad international campaign against Islamic State militant strongholds in Syria. The U.S. simultaneously targeted the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell, west of the Syrian city of Aleppo that was said to be plotting imminent attacks on American and Western interests.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A day-long summit at the United Nations on climate change is revealing the obstacles that stand in the way of wide-ranging agreements to reduce heat-trapping pollution. Brazil said it wouldn't sign a pledge to halt deforestation by 2030. China's vice premier insisted that developing nations -- including his own -- be allowed to release more pollution. And the United States decided not to join 73 countries in supporting a price on carbon. Congress has indicated it would reject that idea. Speaking to the gathering, President Barack Obama urged other nations to follow the example of the United States in clean energy and reducing carbon emissions.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles have been closed for precautionary reasons over concerns about air quality from a stubborn fire that is sending up a huge plume of smoke. Nearby residents are being urged to remain indoors. The blaze, sparked by a welder's torch, forced about 850 people to evacuate last night. Fire officials say it could take until this evening for crews to fully put it out.

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Residents have rebuilt a memorial just hours after it burned down at the site where a Missouri police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. The memorial was destroyed when a fire broke out before dawn today on the street where Ferguson officer Darren Wilson shot Brown. The blaze angered many people who live near the scene. One man said it was like a grave being desecrated. Police say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

NEW YORK (AP) — Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper say they'll work to reduce the calories Americans get from beverages by 20 percent over the next decade by more aggressively marketing smaller sizes, bottled water and diet drinks. The announcement was made at the Clinton Global Initiative. It comes as the country's three biggest soda makers face public pressure over the role of sugary drinks in fueling obesity.

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