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The Caspian Flotilla of the Russian navy fires Kalibr-NK precision-guided missiles at targets in Syria on Wednesday. Russia says the targets were positions of the Islamic State militant group, but the exact areas hit were not immediately specified.TNS

Russia intensifies role in Syria as Assad begins ground attack against rebels

BEIRUT — Russian warships have fired dozens of missiles at militants in Syria, a Russian official said Wednesday, marking an escalation in Moscow's eight-day air campaign that the U.S. says is attempting to prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. The naval strikes come amid reports of Russian jets provi …


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  1. How to lose your job: The selfie that backfired


    Social media can be costly.

    It cost an Atlanta man his job this week after a photo he posted on Facebook of himself and a black co-worker's 3-year-old son prompted a flood of bigoted comments. Several other companies, where some of the commenters worked, have issued statements saying that they have fired people …

    Three-year-old Cayden Jace was in the background of the selfie that Gerod Roth posted on Facebook. Soon, Roth’s friends and others were making bigoted comments, many with their names and photos attached.
  2. Video: Daughter's dash to welcome dad home brings smiles to fellow soldiers


    FORT CARSON, Colo. — Top brass at a Colorado Army post are all smiles after a 2-year-old girl interrupted a general's speech to dash across the room and hug her dad, who had just come home from a nine-month deployment.

    Karas Ogelsby had such a hard time waiting for the dismissal of the troops during a homecoming Tuesday she broke away from her mom and ran to her father, Lt. Daniel Ogelsby at at Fort Carson, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Lt. Ogelsby gave her hug and gently sent her back to her mom until the end of the ceremony. [Jerilee Bennett |  Gazette via AP]
  3. Frontrunner for U.S. House speaker withdraws from race; election postponed


    WASHINGTON — Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Thursday abruptly took himself out of the race to succeed John A. Boehner as House speaker, apparently undone by the same forces that drove Boehner to resign.

    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California walks out of a nomination vote meeting Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington after dropping out of the race to replace House Speaker John Boehner. Boehner is stepping down and retiring from Congress at the end of the month. [Associated Press]
  4. Alpha Tau Omega revokes Indiana University fraternity's charter over explicit sex video


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Alpha Tau Omega fraternity revoked the charter and closed its Indiana University chapter Thursday after a video was leaked showing a chapter member performing a sex act on a woman in front of other fraternity members.

    Indiana University officials said Thursday that it has suspended the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity in Bloomington, Ind., after allegations of misconduct during a hazing ritual involving a male pledge performing a sex act on a woman in front of a crowd. It wasn't immediately clear whether any criminal charges would be pursued. [David Snodgress | Bloomington Herald-Times via AP]
  5. U.S. airman who helped thwart French train attack is stabbed


    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, who was hailed as a hero for helping to subdue an attacker on a French train in August, was stabbed in California and was in stable condition, an Air Force spokesman said Thursday.

    French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with U.S. Airman Spencer Stone outside the Elysee Palace in Paris. Hollande awarded Stone and two friends with the French Legion of Honor for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound train three days earlier. Stone is in stable condition Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after being stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., according to an Air Force spokesman. [Kamil Zihnioglu | Associated Press]