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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Amid a U.S.-led bombing campaign against Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama is telling the United Nations that he will build a coalition to dismantle what he calls "this network of death." Obama told the assembled leaders today that the "only language understood by killers like this is the language of force." After weeks of launching strikes against militant targets in Iraq, Obama extended the military action into Syria on Monday. The U.S. was joined by a coalition of five Arab nations.
CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Red Cross team has been attacked in the West African country of Guinea -- in the latest in a string of assaults that are hindering efforts to control the outbreak of Ebola. The team had been collecting bodies believed to be infected with the disease. They were attacked by family members of the dead. One of the volunteers is recovering from a neck wound.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is announcing a new $600 million effort through the Clinton Foundation to help girls around the globe attend secondary schools. The former secretary of state unveiled the plan today at the Clinton Global Initiative. The program is aimed at helping some 14 million girls typically between the ages of 11 and 16 to attend school. The initiative seeks to improve the quality, safety and security at schools.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Crews battling a massive blaze threatening thousands of homes in Northern California have kept the fire in check despite gusty winds and low humidity levels. A fire spokeswoman says containment lines around the blaze east of Sacramento held up overnight. The fire has burned through 145 square miles since it started Sept. 13. It has destroyed 12 homes and is threatening another 12,000. Containment is up to nearly 40 percent.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Former Congressman James Traficant -- who spent time in prison on corruption and racketeering charges -- has been critically injured in a tractor accident at his northeast Ohio home. His wife tells a Youngstown newspaper (The Vindicator) that the 73-year-old former lawmaker is in "very critical condition." Traficant served more than 17 years in the U.S. House before being expelled in July 2002, three months after convictions for bribery and racketeering. He spent seven years in prison.
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