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DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — One Syrian activist group says dozens of Islamic State fighters were killed in the overnight strikes by the U.S. and some Arab partners. But those numbers can't be confirmed. Several activists also report at least 10 civilians killed. Some Syrian rebels who are trying to force Bashar Assad out of power are welcoming the airstrikes -- but others are voicing frustration that the coalition is only targeting the Islamic State group and not the Syrian government.
AGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian police and soldiers today have been searching a mountainous region for a kidnapped Frenchman. Residents say roads have been filled with military trucks, as helicopters fly overhead and security forces fan out through the rugged region -- which has long been a hotbed for extremist groups. In a video posted yesterday, an extremist group said it would kill Herve Gourdel in 24 hours unless France ended its participation in airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say the man who killed two people and himself inside a UPS warehouse in Alabama today had been fired from the company yesterday. One of the victims in today's shooting had been a supervisor at the warehouse. Police said earlier that the gunman was wearing a UPS uniform when he opened fire.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say almost 2,000 firefighters have been added to battle a Northern California wildfire threatening thousands of homes. They're anticipating erratic winds and hotter temperatures. About 7,400 firefighters are now on the scene as crews overnight nearly doubled containment of the King Fire east of Sacramento that has scorched 139 square miles. The fire is 35 percent contained.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four companies are proposing an $8 billion project to supply the Los Angeles area with large amounts of electricity from a wind farm in Wyoming. The power would be delivered by way of an energy storage facility in Utah. A statement from the group says the electricity would be enough to serve 1.2 million homes. The companies are planning to formally submit the plan to the Southern California Public Power Authority by early next year.
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