UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Leaders from more than 140 countries open their annual meeting at the United Nations on Wednesday. They're faced with a world in turmoil from multiple crises ranging from wars in the Mideast and Africa, to the threat of the militant Islamic State group, to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Barack Obama chairs a Security Council meeting at which members are expected to adopt a resolution that would require all countries to prevent the recruitment and transport of foreign fighters preparing to join terrorist groups.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI and Homeland Security say there's no indication of an al-Qaida or Islamic State group terror plot inside the United States. But they say airstrikes over Syria Monday night may have temporarily disrupted attack planning against Western targets. U.S. officials some of the airstrikes in northwestern Syria targeted the Khorasan Group, a cadre of veteran al-Qaida fighters from Afghanistan and Pakistan who traveled to Syria to link up with the al-Qaida affiliate there.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anti-addiction activists say the Food and Drug Administration's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. More than a dozen groups have written a letter calling for FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg to step down. The FDA has been under fire since October, when it approved a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro against the recommendation of its own medical advisers.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most of the container terminals at the Port of Los Angeles are reopened following a fire that broke out Monday night and burned into Tuesday. A welding accident ignited the 800-foot-long wharf that's part of a terminal that processes cargo. A few thousand employees were sent home Tuesday. The twin ports of Los Angeles and adjacent Long Beach handle 40 percent of America's import trade.
ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of students in suburban Denver are protesting a conservative-led school board's proposal to focus history education on topics that promote citizenship, patriotism and respect for authority. The students at six high schools walked out of their classrooms Tuesday. One 17-year-old student who protested at Ralston Valley High School in Arvada said, "I don't think my education should be censored. We should be able to know what happened in our past."
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