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Major flight disruptions...Airstrikes against extremists...Ebola toll increases

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 26, 2014 at 9:51 p.m.



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CHICAGO (AP) — More than 2,000 flights in Chicago alone have been canceled because of a fire allegedly started by a contract employee at a suburban Chicago air traffic control center where he worked. Delays and cancellations have rippled throughout the nation's air travel network. A criminal complaint says paramedics found Brian Howard, he was attempting to curt his own throat. He remains hospitalized.

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State tanks, vehicles, checkpoints and bunkers have been pounded by airstrikes from American and partner warplanes and drones. The attacks were carried out in Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, the coalition against the extremist group has expanded. Britain, Denmark and Belgium have joined.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's president is calling for faster progress at nuclear talks between his country and six world powers. An agreement is supposed to be sealed by the Nov. 24 deadline. Without mentioning the U.S. by name, Hassan Rouhani suggested agreement could end the more than three-decade deep-freeze in relations between Washington and Tehran and mark what he called "the beginning of a path toward collaboration and cooperation."

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The World Health Organization says thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines should be available in the coming months and could eventually be given to health care workers and other people at high risk of the deadly disease. A WHO toll released today puts the number of deaths from the disease past 3,000.

NEW YORK (AP) — 'Madea' is expecting. Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who stars as the female comedy character 'Madea' is confirming that he's going to be a dad. Perry told reporters at the New York Film Festival that he and model Geila Bakele, his girlfriend, are very happy about the coming of a child. Perry's latest film is "Gone Girl."

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