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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad. Obama says he recognizes "the contradiction" but he tells CBS' "60 Minutes" that his first priority is degrading the extremists who are threatening Iraq and the West.

SANLIURFA, Turkey (AP) —The Nusra Front, which is al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate, is warning the coalition that's waging an air campaign against Islamic militants in Syria that jihadists around the world will strike back. The U.S.-led attacks are aimed at degrading the Nusra Front and Islamic State extremists. Both groups want to impose Islamic law in Syria, but are fighting each other there.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says it's replacing the entire central computer network at a Chicago-area control center where an act of sabotage brought the city's two big airports to a halt. The FAA is also improving direct communications between other facilities now handling Chicago's air traffic. More than 2,000 flights in and out of the airports were canceled on Friday

LANCASTER, N.Y. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the collision of two small planes in western New York on Saturday that took the lives of a 78-year-old pilot and a 14-year-old boy on one plane. The 59-year-old pilot and 9-year-old passenger on the second plane landed safely. Both planes were part of an event intended to introduce children to aviation.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Jane Fonda says her mother was sexually abused and eventually committed suicide. Fonda made the personal revelation at an event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rape Treatment Center, which provides free treatment for sexual assault victims. Fonda hosted the Rape Foundation's annual fundraising brunch today in Beverly Hills.

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