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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is condemning airstrikes and shelling in Syria that killed dozens in the northern city of Aleppo in the past 24 hours. White House spokesman Josh Earnest described the attacks as "abhorrent" and "immoral" but "entirely consistent" with actions from Syrian President Bashar Assad. Monitors and activists say at least 60 people were killed in Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including at least 14 who died when a hospital and nearby buildings were hit.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. says nearly 10,000 people have been killed and more than 20,000 injured since the Ukraine conflict begin in April 2014. More than 21,000 have been injured. The dead include at least four civilians killed Wednesday by shelling near the city of Donetsk.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former House Speaker John Boehner isn't pulling any punches when it comes to describing Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Speaking to a group of college students, Boehner called the Texas senator "Lucifer in the flesh." Cruz says quoted Boehner as saying the former speaker and Trump are texting and golfing buddies.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A member of a suburban Philadelphia church has been charged in the shooting death of another churchgoer in a dispute during Sunday services. Police in Norristown say the victim had become disruptive during services before church members calmed him down. Witnesses say the shooter showed the man his permit and a gun and opened fire after he was punched.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Police say the "bomb" a man in a furry animal costume claimed to be wearing when he walked into a Baltimore TV station was actually a flotation-style garment stuffed with chocolate candy bars wrapped in aluminum foil. He was wounded by a police sniper after he refused to put up his hands. Police used a robot to remove the suspicious garment.

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