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Airstrikes target Islamic State fighters...Secret Service recognized intruder...No more pellet guns



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BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition have been targeting Islamic State group fighters, along with their vehicles and artillery pieces, on both sides of the Syria-Iraq border today. Some of the strikes have taken place near a Kurdish town close to the Syrian-Turkish border that is under assault by the militants. Despite the coalition airstrikes, the militants have pressed their offensive on the town. The U.N.'s humanitarian chief says more than 160,000 people have fled the area into Turkey over the past few days.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service director says at least two of her uniformed officers recognized a man just before he jumped the White House fence from an earlier troubling encounter with him. But she acknowledged that they never approached him that day or reported his presence to superiors. Julia Pierson told a House panel that two officers on Sept. 19 recognized the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, from their earlier interview with him in August. Gonzalez was stopped that day while carrying a small hatchet near the fence line south of the White House.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The lawyer for the man charged in a University of Virginia student's disappearance says police haven't told him what evidence they have against his client in that case or another young woman's disappearance and death. Jesse Matthew is charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who remains missing. Virginia State Police said yesterday that Matthew's arrest provided a "forensic link" to the death of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, who vanished while attending a rock concert five years ago.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have been moving between small gains and losses today -- keeping the S&P 500 on track for its third monthly drop this year. Shares in Ford sank after the company cut its profit forecast. But eBay is higher after announcing plans to spin off PayPal.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Wal-Mart says pellet guns have been pulled from shelves at the Ohio store where a man holding an air rifle was fatally shot by police. A spokesman says the move was made only in that one store. Early last month, police responded to a 911 call that a man was waving what appeared to be a rifle, and officers have said John Crawford was shot after not responding to commands to drop his weapon. It turned out to be an air rifle. A family attorney calls Wal-Mart's action "about eight weeks too late."

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