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Dual purpose Syria offensive...Three dead in workplace shooting...Charges in student disappearance

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 5:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says an extremist group plotting to attack the West was also targeted by U.S. planes in the overnight airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State group. Administration officials say the Khorasan Group is an al-Qaida cell operating in Syria. The Pentagon says U.S. and Arab allies carried out more than 200 airstrikes against the Islamic State group targets in Syria and Iraq.

NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has called on North Korea to shut down what Kerry says is an "evil system" of prison camps. Speaking to foreign officials and activists in New York, Kerry cited a U.N. report released earlier this year that estimates the isolated regime has an estimated 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners detained in four large camps. North Korea denies rights abuses.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — His pastor says a fired UPS worker that police say killed two workers had been troubled about his job and finances. Police say Joe Tesney went to a UPS shipping center in Birmingham and killed a supervisor and another employee before taking his own life. The pastor says there was no suggestion that Tesney would turn violent.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police in Charlottesville, Virginia, say they have charged a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student. The suspect, Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., is believed to be the last person seen with 18-year-old Hannah Graham. The University of Virginia student hasn't been seen since Sept. 13. Matthew's whereabouts are not known.

PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — There's been a major surge in the firefighting force taking on a massive wildfire in Northern California that is threatening thousands of homes. There are now 7,400 firefighters, an increase of 2,000, battling the King Fire east of Sacramento. It has burned 139 square miles and is 35 percent contained.

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