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BEIRUT (AP) — For a second straight day, activists say warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition smashed at one of the main revenue streams for the Islamic State group. Bombs fell on oil installations and other facilities in territory in eastern Syria controlled by the militants. The U.S. says black market oil sales provide the extremists up to $2 million a day.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the FBI says the U.S. currently knows of roughly a dozen Americans fighting with jihadists in Syria. For months, the figure had been put at more than 100. FBI Director James Comey (KOH'-mee) also says the U.S. believes it knows the identity of the British-accented masked man in the videos depicting the beheadings of three Westerners.
PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Rain in Northern California has been a boon to crews fighting a large and stubborn wildfire east of Sacramento. And the rain stayed light Thursday, lessening worries about mud slides and flash floods in the burn area. The number of threatened homes is down from thousands to a few hundred and some evacuations have been lifted. The fire is 55 percent contained. Rain is expected through the weekend.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — There's a court hearing in Montana today to re-sentence a teacher for the rape of a 14-year-old student. The court proceeding comes after the original judge in the case was censured over comments that placed some responsibility on the victim. That judge sentenced defendant Stacey Dean Rambold to one month. Prosecutors are asking for a 10 year sentence.
BEIJING (AP) — There's been another deadly slashing attack on school children in China. Officials say police are searching for a 56-year-old suspect in the attack which left four children dead. They were stabbed while on their way to school. China, where firearms are difficult to obtain, has seen many high-profile slashing attacks targeting schools over the past 10 years.