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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has used his final speech on Mideast policy to warn Israel that it won't achieve peace with Palestinians unless it embraces a two-state solution. Kerry said Israel's current leadership is threatening democracy by siding with right-wing settlers. In a hastily arranged televised response in English, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Kerry's speech as "unbalanced" as last week's U.N. resolution calling Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem a violation of international law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon official is confirming that a top Islamic State military commander was killed by a coalition airstrike in Syria on Monday. He's been identified as Abu Jandal al-Kuwaiti, a key leader of the group in Raqqa. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said earlier this week that he had been targeted by U.S.-led coalition aircraft near a key dam.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a New Jersey woman and her 5-year-old great-granddaughter have been found alive in Virginia after they vanished during a holiday road trip to North Carolina, prompting a days-long search. Barbara Briley and La'Myra Briley were found inside their vehicle on private property south of Richmond late today. The woman was flown by helicopter to Richmond hospital. The child appeared unharmed but was taken for medical evaluation.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A leading expert says a trio of significant earthquakes that struck a remote part of western Nevada early today were big enough to cause as much as $1 billion in damage if they had been centered beneath a big city. The first of two magnitude-5.7 quakes that began shortly after midnight and a third that registered 5.5 resulted in no injuries or reports of significant damage. The epicenter was east of the Sierra range and the Nevada-California line about 100 miles southeast of Lake Tahoe and 90 miles south of Reno.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A day after actress Carrie Fisher died, her mother -- Debbie Reynolds -- has reportedly been taken to the hospital after suffering a medical emergency in Los Angeles. That's being reported by The Los Angeles Times and celebrity website TMZ, which was first to report the incident. They cited unnamed sources who said Reynolds, who is 84, was hospitalized today by a paramedic called to her son's home. Reynolds received an honorary Oscar in 2015, but was too ill to attend the ceremony.

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