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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly today, and administration officials say he'll cast the U.S. as vital in efforts to defeat the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. After weeks of launching strikes against militant targets in Iraq, Obama extended the military action into Syria on Monday, with the help of five Arab nations. Officials say Obama also will address ways the U.S. has worked to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police in Australia say a terror suspect shot dead after he stabbed two counterterrorism police officers recently had his passport canceled on national security grounds. Some experts suspect that Tuesday's attack was inspired by the Islamic State group's call to supporters to wage terror in their home countries. Authorities say the 18-year-old man carried out the attack after he was asked to come to a police station in Melbourne to answer questions.
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — A Jordanian military court has acquitted radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada of terrorism charges for his role in plotting attacks against Americans and Israelis. The court in Amman ruled today that there was insufficient evidence against Qatada, who was charged with involvement in plans to target Israeli and American tourists and Western diplomats in Jordan in 2000 — in the so-called "millennium plot."
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Strong winds could come today to Northern California, fanning flames that already have destroyed a dozen homes east of Sacramento. Those winds failed to materialize yesterday, but the 140-square-mile wildfire is just 35 percent contained, and the more than 7,000 firefighters battling it have a lot of work ahead of them. The wildfire was deliberately set on Sept. 13, and fire officials say it's become the highest priority fire in the nation.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen anti-addiction groups are calling for the removal of FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg. They say the Food and Drug Administration's policies have contributed to a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. In October, the FDA approved a powerful new painkiller called Zohydro against the recommendation of its own medical advisers.
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