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Airstrikes against IS group in 4 Syrian provinces...Cracks in Ukraine cease-fire...36 dead on volcano

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 29, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the latest U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on Islamic State group positions in Syria included hits on a grain silo and the entrance to a Conoco gas operation, but the facility itself was not damaged. Activists say bombs fell in four provinces in northern and eastern Syria, causing an undetermined number of casualties.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine hasn't put an end to all the fighting and today saw the worst violence in more than a week in battles between pro-Russian rebels and government troops. Officials say at least 12 people have been killed, including at least nine troops. City officials in Donetsk say three civilians died in shelling.

KISO, Japan (AP) — Japan has raised the count today to at least 36 dead in an eruption of a volcano but only a dozen bodies had been recovered before toxic gases and ash from the still-erupting mountain forced rescue workers to halt their efforts. Officials say five more bodies were found near the summit today.

UNDATED (AP) — A quarterly survey by the National Association for Business Economics shows members predicting steady growth the rest of the year and into next. They also see weakness in consumer spending and investments in homes because of Americans' lagging wage growth and trouble obtaining loans.

PHOENIX (AP) — The do-over is starting today in the penalty phase of convicted murderer Jodi Arias' trial. Jury selection begins today as prosecutors again seek a death sentence in the Arizona case that became a tabloid TV sensation. About 300 prospective jurors will report to the courthouse in Phoenix with more to come if an impartial panel cannot be found. A previous jury deadlocked on punishment.

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