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SALHIYAH, Iraq (AP) — British warplanes have entered the fight against the Islamic State group. Britain's defense secretary says British aircraft today carried out airstrikes against Islamic State group fighters in Iraq for the first time. The United States started airstrikes against the group in Iraq last month. Last week, the U.S. and allied Arab nations launched strikes in neighboring Syria.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials say a wave of car bombings and other attacks across Iraq has killed more than 40 people today -- including 22 in the capital, Baghdad. The attacks mainly targeted Shiite areas and are believed to have been carried out by Sunni militants. The extremist Islamic State group has claimed similar previous attacks.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor says an Oklahoma man apparently uttered Arabic words during an attack in which he allegedly severed a co-worker's head last week. But he says the killing apparently resulted more from the man's suspension from his job than from his recent conversion to Islam. Alton Nolen is charged with first-degree murder in the attack. Authorities say it appears to have been an act of revenge for a co-worker's complaint that got him suspended.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says the agency's security plan to protect the White House was not properly executed when an Army veteran with a knife jumped the fence and made his way well into the executive mansion. Pierson told a House panel today that all decisions and actions made on Sept. 19 are being reviewed, including when it's appropriate for the Secret Service to use force. Critics have questioned why Secret Service officers didn't shoot the intruder, identified as Omar Gonzalez, after he jumped a fence and made his way into the interior of the White House.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Closing arguments have begun in the first-degree murder case of a man who fatally shot a teenager after an argument about loud music outside a Florida convenience store. Earlier today, Michael Dunn took the witness stand in his own defense, saying he feared for his life when he opened fire. Dunn was convicted of three counts of attempted second-degree murder in February and already faces at least 60 years in prison. The jury in the first trial deadlocked on the first-degree murder count.

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