Islamic State offensive poses problems for Turkey SURUC, Turkey (AP) - Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists. Turkey is resisting because it fears that arming Kurdish men to fight the group could complicate peace talks with Turkish insurgents within its own borders.
Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case WASHINGTON (AP) - Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car of the former soldier accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside while carrying a knife, a federal prosecutor said Monday. President Barack Obama was "obviously concerned" about the weekend incident, a spokesman said. The Secret Service increased security around the famous grounds on Pennsylvania Avenue in the nation's capital, some guards openly holding weapons, others escorting dogs. There was talk of expanding the security zone beyond the current area as a major investigation began into the question of how the man managed to get to the building without being stopped.
Focus on UVa employee in student's disappearance CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student focused Monday on the man they believe was the last person seen with her, searching his apartment for a second time and trying to locate the campus employee to arrest him on reckless driving charges. Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr., 32 and a patient technician in the operating room at the university's medical center, hasn't been charged in the disappearance, but authorities say they want to talk to him about Hannah Graham, 18. She has been missing since Sept. 13. Police have not offered any details about how the two may be connected.
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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy NEW YORK (AP) - Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute. The idea, long advocated by policymakers, economists and environmental activists, is that the world can't hope to slow the heating of the planet until its cost is incorporated into the everyday activities that contribute to it, such as using gas- or coal-generated electricity, driving a car, shipping a package or flying around the globe.
Governor confident ambush suspect will be caught In the thick of a difficult re-election campaign, Gov. Tom Corbett could have been tempted to place himself front and center of the effort to capture the gunman who ambushed a Pennsylvania State Police barracks, killing a trooper and injuring another. Instead, Corbett has largely stayed in the background as he allows state police officials to be the public face of a manhunt for Eric Frein, the 31-year-old survivalist who's believed to be hiding in the Poconos Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania.
Islamist group kidnaps Frenchman in Algeria ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq. In a video that appeared on social media, a masked member of a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, addressed the threat to French President Francois Hollande and said the hostage would be killed unless the airstrikes were halted within 24 hours.
AP PHOTOS: White House security over the years WASHINGTON (AP) - One of the Secret Service's toughest jobs is trying to balance public access to the White House with security of the presidential residence. White House security suffered an extraordinary breach this weekend when an ex-soldier allegedly jumped the fence, sprinted across the lawn and entered the mansion before he was apprehended just inside the front door. Now the agency is examining what additional steps are needed to avoid such a security breach in the future. Security at "the People's House" has increased gradually over the years, with the most dramatic changes coming in 1995 after the Oklahoma City federal building bombing that killed 167 people and injured hundreds more. President Bill Clinton ordered the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House closed to traffic and much of the area was converted to a public plaza.
Islamic State militants kill 40 Iraqi troops BAGHDAD (AP) - Islamic State militants disguised in Iraqi army uniforms and driving stolen Humvees killed at least 40 Iraqi soldiers and captured 68 others in western Anbar province, breaking through a deteriorating Iraqi military offensive in an area where the United States recently broadened its airstrike campaign. The wave of suicide bombings dealt a heavy blow to government efforts to rein in the militants, whose rampage has seized much of the country's north and west - even as the U.S. and its allies began training Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga fighters to bolster their ability to battle the Sunni extremists.
State police: 3 missing Afghan soldiers in custody BOSTON (AP) - Three Afghanistan National Army officers who went missing during a training exercise at a Cape Cod military base were detained Monday at the U.S.-Canadian border, Massachusetts law enforcement officials said. Massachusetts state police were notified that the three were being questioned by federal authorities at Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, said spokesman David Procopio, who did not have further details.
Sierra Leone, Liberia brace for new Ebola cases FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) - Two of the West African nations hardest hit by Ebola were bracing for new caseloads on Monday after trying to outflank the outbreak with a nationwide checkup and a large new clinic. Sierra Leone was expected to announce a sharp increase in Ebola patients Tuesday following a nationwide effort to identify new cases, while Liberia opened its largest treatment center yet.