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Holder stepping down...A dozen Americans fighting in Syria...More needed to fight Ebola...Stocks fall

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 25, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — Eric Holder, the nation's first black Attorney General, is stepping down. His resignation was announced at the White House by President Barack Obama. The president says Holder, who has served six years, "worked passionately" to make sure the criminal justice system works better for all. Holder says he's proud of what the Justice Department has accomplished during his watch. He'll continue to serve until his replacement is confirmed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — About a dozen Americans are believed to be fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria at the moment. That's according to FBI director James Comey (KOH'-mee). He says more than 100 Americans have either tried to go to Syria and been arrested, gone successfully, or gone and come back. But he isn't breaking down the numbers any further. Comey says all the Americans who have returned after fighting with extremist groups are either under investigation, under surveillance or have been arrested.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The police chief in Ferguson, Missouri, is apologizing to the family of Michael Brown -- not for his shooting death by a police officer, but because his body remained on the street for so long after he was killed. In the video released today, Police Chief Tom Jackson also apologizes to any peaceful protesters who felt their rights were violated during the protests that followed the shooting.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world isn't doing what's needed to stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. That assessment came today from President Barack Obama, addressing a high-level United Nations gathering. U.S. health officials have warned that the number of infected people could explode to at least 1.4 million by mid-January. And Obama says international aid is not flowing into the region quickly enough. Today, congressional leaders approved the use of leftover Afghanistan war money to start funding Obama's billion-dollar request to help fight the outbreak.

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors have had quite a ride on Wall Street the past couple of days. Markets posted their worst drop since July today, a day after their best performance in a month. The Dow industrials -- which gained 154 points yesterday -- lost 264 points today. Apple led a decline in tech stocks, with its shares losing nearly four percent.

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