WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is acknowledging that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq's army to fight. He also tells CBS that while the U.S.-led military campaign against militants in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, his first priority is degrading the extremist groups that are threatening Iraq and the West.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service didn't realize for four days that a man had fired a high-powered rifle at the White House in 2011 because of a string of security lapses. After an investigation, The Washington Post concluded the agency bungled the response to the shooting. The gunman was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Secret Service says it beefed up security following a review.
CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — The search for the suspect in the ambush of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers is shifting slightly in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania. Police have been looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein (freen) for 16 days and say the focus of the search remains in the same general area as it was for the past two days, but has moved slightly to the southeast.
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — Two skydivers are dead after they crashed into a building outside their designated landing area during a tandem jump on Cape Cod. Barnstable police say the instructor and student died this evening, shortly after the crash near the Cape Cod Airfield. A police spokesman tells the Boston Globe that it's unclear whether the skydivers' equipment malfunctioned.
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the president of a major southern New Jersey hospital and his wife were killed when a fire broke out in their home early today. But they say the "circumstances surrounding the deaths" of 72-year-old John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, are under investigation. Sheridan headed Camden-based Cooper University Health Care.