NBC News: The United States launched its first airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State targets on Monday, the Pentagon said.
The US military plans to strike up to 20 targets in the nation, including training sites, headquarters of Sunni fighters and troop encampments.
New York Daily News: The distressed Army vet who jumped a White House fence Friday and made his way through the doors of the executive mansion had more than 800 rounds of ammo in his car, prosecutors said at a hearing.
Omar Gonzalez, 42, appeared in federal court for the first time Monday to face charges of unlawfully entering restricted grounds while carrying a weapon.
NBC News: Three missing Afghan soldiers who went missing during a training exercise on Cape Cod were found Monday trying to cross into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls, sources say.
AP: Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Saturday that 49 Turkish hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey.
The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq on June 11, when the Islamic State group overran the city in its surge to seize large swaths of Iraq and Syria. But the circumstances of their release — which drew flag waving crowds to the Turkish capital’s airport — were clouded in mystery.
CNN: Two U.S. jets intercepted six Russian planes that neared U.S. airspace off Alaska on Thursday, and Canadian planes intercepted two Russian bombers that approached Canadian airspace, NORAD said.
The planes never entered sovereign territory, the NORAD statement said. The Pentagon spokesman said he did not see any indications this was linked to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s visit.
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Los Angeles Times: The NFL is entering into a long-term partnership to provide financial, operational and promotional support to two of the country’s leading services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, according to a memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
In the two-page memo, which was distributed Thursday to the league’s 32 teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell writes that starting this season “we will dedicate significant resources to raise awareness on the subjects of domestic violence and sexual assault, including support for victims.”
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