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By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 23, 2014 at 7:01 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says U.S. forces hit an al-Qaida spinoff known as the Khorasan Group in Syria overnight because it was getting close to executing some of the plans seen by U.S. intelligence. The offensive, carried out by U.S. planes alone, came as the U.S. was also joined by Arab partners hitting Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World leaders have pledged at a United Nations summit to commit the resources needed to improve environmental conditions. But none of the promises at today's one-day meeting on climate change is binding. President Barack Obama told the gathering that "nobody gets a pass," when it comes to the obligation of all nations to fight global warming.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia authorities have charged a suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student missing since Sept 13. Police in Charlottesville are on the lookout for Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. He's believed to be the last person seen with 18-year-old Hannah Graham, a University of Virginia student. Police say Matthew stopped by the police station to ask for a lawyer on Saturday, but sped away afterward, losing officers who had him under surveillance.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police in Birmingham, Alabama, say the man who killed two people and himself inside a UPS warehouse today had been fired from the company yesterday. One of the victims in today's shooting had been a supervisor at the warehouse. A pastor says the gunman, who attended his church, had been troubled about his job and finances.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of House Democrats is calling on the Obama administration to prohibit children from working on tobacco farms. The 35 lawmakers have suggested the restriction in a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. They cited a Human Rights Watch report which found that nearly three-quarters of the children it interviewed reported symptoms of nicotine poisoning from handling tobacco plants. The symptoms include nausea and headaches.

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