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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the battle against the extremist group Islamic State "is not America's fight alone." Obama also says the military campaign against the group, including overnight airstrikes in Syria will be sustained. He says the U.S. is proud to stand "shoulder-to-shoulder" with Arab partners. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar (GUH'-tur) took part in the offensive.

LONDON (AP) — The wife of a British aid worker held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State group says she has received an audio message from him pleading for his life. Barbara Henning says she was also told that Alan Henning was acquitted of being a spy by a religious court. The taxi driver was kidnapped in December in Syria, shortly after crossing into the country from Turkey in an aid convoy.

NEW YORK (AP) — Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah says he has asked for $3.8 billion in urgent aid to help rebuild Gaza following its devastating 50-day war with Israel this summer. Saudi Arabia is said to have pledged a half billion dollars. Hamdallah spoke after a donor meeting led by Norway on the sidelines of a gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Prosecutors say two men and a woman are being charged in the beating of a gay couple during a late-night encounter on a Philadelphia street earlier this month. The victims told police that a large group hurled gay slurs and beat them when the two parties passed. The case gained attention when police posted a video of the well-dressed suspects and online sleuths used social media sites to help identify them.

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students have walked out of classrooms around suburban Denver in protest of a conservative-led JEFFCO schools proposal that would focus history education on topics that "promote citizenship, patriotism" and "respect for authority." Protesting students say board conservatives want to prevent the teaching of negative events that are part U.S. history.

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