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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. Frontrunner for U.S. House speaker withdraws from race; election postponed


    WASHINGTON — With no warning, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew Thursday from the contest for speaker of the U.S. House, shocking fellow Republicans just before voting was to begin and plunging Congress into chaos.

    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]
  2. Alpha Tau Omega revokes Indiana University fraternity's charter over explicit sex video


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Alpha Tau Omega says it has revoked the charter and closed its Indiana University chapter after the release of a video purportedly showing a fraternity member performing a sex act on a woman.

    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]
  3. 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]
  4. Wrong drug's use in execution prompts concerns from governor


    OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin agreed Thursday that all executions in Oklahoma should be delayed after a newspaper revealed that the wrong drug was used to stop an inmate's heart in January. Authorities didn't acknowledge the mistake until the Oklahoman obtained the autopsy report.

    Charles Warner was executed on Jan. 15 for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. The Oklahoman reported Thursday,  that corrections officials used potassium acetate, not potassium chloride, as required under the state's protocol, to execute Warner. [Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP]
  5. Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus wins Nobel literature prize


    STOCKHOLM — Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature on Thursday for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage."

    Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich speaks in Minsk, Belarus. Alexievich won the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday for works that the prize judges called "a monument to suffering and courage." [Associated Press]