ACLU files lawsuit against Defense officials on behalf of Chelsea Manning

BuzzFeed: The ACLU filed a lawsuit Tuesday against US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on behalf of Chelsea Manning for improper gender treatment.

“The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria, without which she will continue to suffer severe psychological harms,” an ACLU attorney said in a statement.

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Nigeria retracts statement that schoolgirls were freed

UPDATE, 2:06 pm ET: Nigeria’s military has now retracted its earlier statement to BBC News that some of the schoolgirls abducted from Chibok, Nigeria, in April by Islamist militants had been freed.

Army spokesman Brig Gen Chris Olukolade told the BBC there were girls in military custody, but not those from Chibok as originally thought.

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Photo: A video emerged not long after the abduction showing some of the girls wearing hijabs and reciting Koranic verses. (AP via BBC News)

Police: 3 people dead, including gunman, at UPS facility

AL.com: Three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a UPS facility in Birmingham, Ala., police said.

The gunman was wearing a UPS uniform, Birmingham Police Chief A.C. Roper said, but they “have no information regarding the motivation.”

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Airstrikes against Islamic militants in Syria begin

The Pentagon: The Pentagon says US and coalition forces have hit Islamic State and Al Qaeda affiliated group targets across northern Syria with a mixture of bombing missions and cruise missiles launched from US Navy ships.

The US was joined in the strikes by Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates

Video: Cruise missile launches from the USS Arleigh Burke- U.S. Navy

US launches 1st airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State

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.

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Prosecutor: White House intruder had ammo in his car

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.

Afghan soldiers found trying to enter Canada

NBC NewsThree 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.

NASA’s Maven orbiter enters into Martian orbit 

NBC News: NASA’s Maven orbiter entered into the orbit of Mars after a 10-month, 442 million-mile journey on Sunday, mission managers reported.

Over the next several weeks, additional maneuvers will put Maven into position for a yearlong mission to monitor Mars’ upper atmosphere where its observations are expected to help scientists determine how the planet lost its air. 

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Photo: An artist’s conception shows NASA’s Maven orbiter with Mars in the background. (NASA / GSFC)

1 killed, dozens injured when tour bus overturns in Delaware

6abc Action News: One person was killed and dozens injured after a tour bus overturned in New Castle County, Del., on Sunday.

Authorities said as many as 49 people were taken to area hospitals, with three to five people in critical condition.

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Photo: Rescue officials remove victims from an overturned bus outside of Delaware City, Del., on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (6abc Action News)

People’s Climate March draws hundreds of thousands

New York Times: The People’s Climate March took over midtown Manhattan on Sunday in an effort to draw more attention to climate change ahead of a summit at the United Nations.

Organizers from People’s Climate March estimate the crowd at the march numbered more than 300,000.

Photo: Damon Winter/New York Times

Pope Francis rebukes Islamist militants during trip to Albania

AFP: Pope Francis offered harsh criticism Sunday of Islamist militants during a visit to the mostly Muslim country of Albania.

"Let no one consider themselves to be the ‘armor’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression," Pope Francis told diplomats at the presidential palace.

This is the first visit by a Pope to Albania in two decades.

Photo: Pope Francis is greeted as he arrives to celebrate a mass at Mother Teresa square in central Tirana on September 21, 2014 (AFP Photo/Armend Nimani)

Islamic State militants free Turkish hostages

APTurkish 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.

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Ukraine peace talks produce deal on buffer zone
AP: Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Moscow-backed rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe reached a deal that creates a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants.
The negotiators also reached an agreement on the withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries. 
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Photo: Local resident Luba Zikova cries in front of her damaged house after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Ukraine peace talks produce deal on buffer zone

AP: Representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the Moscow-backed rebels and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe reached a deal that creates a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants.

The negotiators also reached an agreement on the withdrawal of all foreign fighters and mercenaries.

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Photo: Local resident Luba Zikova cries in front of her damaged house after shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

NORAD: Russian planes intercepted near US, Canadian airspace

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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NFL to support victims of domestic violence

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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