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ANTAKYA, Turkey (AP) — The airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria haven't kept the militants from closing in on a Kurdish area of Syria on the border with Turkey. In fact, the extremists intensified their shelling of the area after the airstrikes led by the United States over the weekend. Meanwhile, activists say the latest round of airstrikes included one that struck a grain silo, killing two civilians.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have finished the day slightly lower, after recovering most of an early slide. The Dow lost 41 points, after earlier being down by nearly 180 points. Investors have been nervous about the latest geopolitical unrest, this time in Hong Kong as police clashed with protesters demanding democratic reforms in the former British colony.

ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma investigators have not concluded whether a truck driver's inattention was the cause of a highway collision that killed 4 members of a Texas college softball team. They're again declining to say today what might have distracted the driver of the tractor-trailer at the time of the crash Friday night. The truck driver isn't commenting publicly.

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — They may be rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in two years, but today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been campaigning in Wisconsin for Gov. Scott Walker -- saying that Walker would be "good at any executive position he wanted to pursue." Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for Walker's Democratic opponent, former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.

ATLANTA (AP) — Prosecutors in Atlanta today have been outlining what they say was a conspiracy to inflate test scores, by former Atlanta Public School educators and administrators who they say lied, cheated and stole. But defense lawyers, in their own opening statements, said their clients were committed educators who had made enemies of former colleagues -- and that the colleagues are now lying about their involvement in the cheating.

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