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ALGIERS, Algeria — A splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch kidnapped a French citizen and said Monday that it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Officials investigating the disappearance of a University of Virginia student focused Monday on the man they believe was the last person seen with her, searching his apartment for a second time and trying to locate the campus employee to arrest him on reckless driving charges.

CANADENSIS, Pa. — Nine days after a gunman went on a deadly ambush at a state police barracks, authorities said Sunday they have recovered one of the weapons he was carrying and believe they are hot on his trail as he travels on foot through rugged forests in northeastern Pennsylvania.

A survey released Monday from the Pew Research Center indicates American support for same-sex marriage could be leveling off after several years of dramatic growth in acceptance of equal rights for gays and lesbians.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Chicago Bears took advantage of early mistakes by the sloppy New York Jets.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. and five Arab countries launched airstrikes Monday night on Islamic State group targets in Syria, expanding a military campaign into a country whose three-year civil war has given the brutal militant group a safe haven.

SURUC, Turkey — Fierce fighting Monday between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees and raising pressure for the government to step up efforts to take on the Sunni extremists.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Pots and pans and paper airplanes are among the 12 finalists for induction this year into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

ATLANTA — Andrew McCutchen homered, Francisco Liriano won his fourth straight start and the Pittsburgh Pirates moved closer to a playoff berth by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Monday night.

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. — Law enforcement officers are investigating the death of a toddler who was killed when a teenager moving a truck didn't see the child and pulled forward, running over him.

ZWOLLE, La. — Authorities say a toddler has died of asphyxiation after a window in a sport utility vehicle closed around his neck as his mother drove to a relative's home.

Two men are believed to have stolen more than $300 worth of copper wiring, approximately 300 pounds, from the Shaw facility at 1019 Riverbend Road, according to a news release from the Dalton Police Department.

KNOXVILLE — Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam, the father of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, has been involved in a three-car traffic accident in Knoxville.

NEW YORK — Here's something the folks at Disney can take real pride in: "The Lion King" is the top ticket of all time.

ATLANTA — A Georgia woman whose husband is charged with murder in the death of their toddler son in a hot vehicle passed a polygraph test in which she was asked about whether she knew her husband would leave the child in the vehicle, her lawyer said Monday.

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