The United States has launched the first of its airstrikes inside Syria, the Pentagon confirmed Monday night, as the U.S. ramps up its offensive targeting ISIS targets there. A Pentagon spokesman confirmed that the strikes had begun "using a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles," but it wouldn't give further details. NBC News reported that the U.S. military plans to strike up to 20 targets — logistics, fuel and weapons depots; training sites; troop encampments; command and control sites; and headquarters for the Sunni fighters.
An Israeli army spokesman says two Palestinians suspected in the fatal abduction of three Israeli teens in June have been killed in a shootout with Israeli forces in the West Bank, NBC News reported. Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh, were killed in the shootout. The teens' abduction sparked a massive manhunt, leading to the arrest of hundreds of Hamas members and eventually sparking the summer war in Gaza. The bodies of the three Israelis were found three weeks later and a suspected mastermind was arrested.
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The World Health Organization says researchers expect 20,000 cases of Ebola by November, and that 70 percent of patients are dying, The Associated Press reported. That's a big increase over the previous estimates of a 50 percent fatality rate. The WHO Ebola Response Team wrote in a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine that the new forecast indicates that without improvements, “deaths from Ebola virus disease are expected to continue increasing from hundreds to thousands per week in the coming months.”
The 42-year-old Army veteran who scaled the White House fence and got through the presidential residence's front doors had 800 rounds of ammunition inside his car at the time, NBC News is reporting.
The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after the embarrassing breach in which Omar J. Gonzalez, carrying a knife, climbed the fence, ran across the lawn and entered the building before agents stopped him around 7:20 p.m. last Friday.
The first family was away from the White House at the time.
A fox bit a second-grade boy on his school playground, before also attacking the teacher and school psychologist who rushed to his rescue Monday morning outside Broad Brook Elementary School in East Windsor. The boy, whose mother identified him as Evan Witzke, and the two school staff members were hospitalized. The fox, which authorities believe had earlier bitten a woman at her home a mile away, was shot and killed and is being tested for rabies.
The three missing Afghanistan National Army soldiers who went missing on Cape Cod have been found trying to cross into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls, a top Massachusetts law enforcement source tells NBC News.
Maj. Jan Mohammad Arash, Capt. Mohammad Nasir Askarzada and Capt. Noorullah Aminyar had managed to slip away unnoticed while on a "cultural exercise" to the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis on Saturday night.
The three soldiers were trying to enter Canada when they were stopped by border officials.
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Security vulnerabilities still exist at many of Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s critical electric substations, an NBC Bay Area undercover investigation and threat assessment expert have found. The Investigative Unit observed and tested PG&E’s security during more than a dozen unannounced visits to many of California’s biggest and most critical electric substations. The investigation exposed potential holes in the utility corporation’s enhanced security network at many of the locations a year and a half after gunmen attacked a PG&E substation in South San Jose, shutting it down for nearly a month.
A senior defense official tells NBC News there were reports of shots fired at Fort Carson in Colorado on Monday, but there is not believed to be an active shooter at the base. The official did not know where the shots originated. The base is not on full lockdown — people can enter the base, but they cannot leave. Military police are investigating.
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Dr. Rick Sacra, the medical missionary recovering from Ebola in Nebraska, was given an experimental drug made by a Canadian company, doctors revealed Monday. Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center, said Sacra is being administered Tekmira's drug known as TKM-Ebola. Sacra is also being treated with supportive care, which involves replacing fluids and minerals.
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ISIS militants are luring in foreign fighters with $1,000 a month King Abdullah II of Jordan said Monday. “If we don’t get this right, if we don’t step up to this moral responsibility, how are we going to be able to combat this experience, these extremists?” the king said at the Clinton Global Initiative, a conference hosted by former President Bill Clinton. Analysts have estimated that ISIS has at least 10,000 foreign fighters.
All-male residential fraternities at Wesleyan University in Middletown must now open their doors to female members, according to a recent decision by the college administration. The change is intended to make Wesleyan all-inclusive, a university spokesperson said Monday. The decision will affect Delta Kappa Epsilon and Psi Upsilon, the two all-male fraternities at Wesleyan.
A gunman opened fire near Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, killing a 15-year-old girl and critically injuring a 19-year-old man. Police say the two victims were with a large crowd of teens near the hospital's main entrance around 4:15 p.m. Monday when a fight broke out.
Five third-grade students at a Bronx elementary school were allegedly stuck with a hypodermic needle by another student last week, parents and police say.
According to a report filed with police by school officials Friday, a girl brought a hypodermic needle to PS 121 on Monday, Sept. 15, and another child, a boy, took the needle and stuck five other students.
The parents of two of the children who were allegedly poked with the needle said they took their children to the emergency room, and the boys were put on anti-viral medication as a precaution.
A fight between customers over their place in line at a busy Apple store in New Haven boiled over into a brawl involving more than a dozen people Monday, three days after the iPhone 6's much-anticipated release. Three people were arrested. Police have been called to the same store repeatedly over complaints from store managers of unruly behavior since the iPhone 6 hit stores Friday. The problems, police said, seemed to stem from rival groups reselling the phones in China for a huge mark-up.