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More airstrikes in Syria...Crash kills 4 college softball players...Virus probed in Colorado paralysis cases

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 27, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say there are more airstrikes today on Islamic State group positions in eastern Syria, including wheat silos. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes targeted compounds in the central province of Homs and the northern region of Raqqa. Another activist group, the Local Coordination Committees, says an eastern province (Deir el-Zour) was also hit.

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) — Police say a collision between a truck and a team van in Oklahoma has killed four members of a woman's softball team from Texas. Police say the truck crossed the center divider of Interstate 35. The team from North Central Texas College was returning home at the time.

NEW YORK (AP) — A virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country is also under investigation now in Colorado to see if it's connected to nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the enterovirus 68 was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear. It's not the only virus that can cause paralysis.

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's chief medical officer is placing herself under quarantine for 21 days after her office assistant died of Ebola. Bernice Dahn, a deputy health minister, tells The Associated Press she doesn't have any Ebola symptoms but wants to be sure she's not infected. The World Health Organization says 21 days is the maximum incubation period for Ebola, which has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and is hitting Liberia especially hard.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A mosquito-borne illness that causes excruciating pain has infected more than 1 million people in the Caribbean, and now on the Central and South American mainland. It's called chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN'-yuh). It's usually not fatal, but causes its sufferers days of pain and misery. There have been a few locally transmitted cases in the U.S., all in Florida.

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