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NEW YORK (AP) — Iraq's prime minister says Iraqi intelligence has uncovered a plot to attack subway systems in the United States and Paris. Haider al-Abadi (HY'-dahr ahl ah-BAH'-dee) told reporters in New York that he isn't sure of the timing but that the plot has not been thwarted. He says he's been told the plot is the work of foreign fighters of the Islamic State group in Iraq. There's been no comment from Washington or Paris.

BEIRUT (AP) — The Pentagon says the latest round of U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria hit mostly small-scale refineries used by Islamic State militants. Rear Adm. John Kirby says the strikes overnight involved six U.S. warplanes and 10 more from the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The strikes were aimed at knocking out one of the militants' main revenue streams, black-market oil sales. The Islamic State group is believed to control 11 oil fields in Iraq and Syria.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The third American aid worker who contracted Ebola in Africa has been released from a Nebraska hospital. Dr. Rick Sacra says he feels great, except that he's "extremely weak" and expects a long recovery period. He spoke to reporters this morning after leaving the isolation unit at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where he arrived on Sept. 5. Two other Americans who contracted Ebola were treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and released after recovering. A fourth American with Ebola is still being treated in Atlanta.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key members of Congress have signed off on the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to fight Ebola in West Africa. They include the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, James Inhofe (IHN'-hahf), who has complained that the Pentagon has provided virtually no details about the mission. Only $50 million of President Barack Obama's $1 billion request has been approved for immediate use. The rest of the money will be released after the Pentagon offers a detailed spending plan and briefs key Capitol Hill committees on the mission.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama will announce this afternoon that Eric Holder will be stepping down as attorney general. Advisers to Obama and Holder say Holder had been planning his departure for some time, and that the attorney general will remain on the job until a successor is in place. White House officials say Obama hasn't decided yet on a replacement.

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