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Slaying of American journalist reopens debate on ransoms

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

By rejecting demands for a nine-digit payment to save kidnapped American journalist James Foley, the United States upheld a policy choice that some European and Arab governments have long found too wrenching to make themselves: ruling out ransom to rescue any citizen held captive by militant organizations, in hopes the tough stand will make Americans safer from kidnapping and attacks by extremists.



Perry presses for greater U.S. involvement in Iraq

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.



Pentagon: Militants will regroup

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

U.S. airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces regain their footing in Iraq, but the well-resourced Islamic State militants can be expected to regroup and stage a new offensive, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday.



Supreme Court case to shape investigation

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago.


Many police killings, but only Ferguson explodes

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

There was little violence after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer last July. Peace prevailed when at least four other unarmed black males were killed by police in recent months, from New York to Los Angeles.


Hamas admits kidnapping Israeli teens

Posted 8/22/2014 in National

A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June -- the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.


U.S. special ops troops tried but failed to find hostages

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

Slain American journalist remembered as driven

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

In 2011, just after James Foley was released from the Libyan prison where he'd been held for six weeks, he acknowledged the peril journalists face covering the world's most dangerous places, soberly conceding that a mistake could mean death.

Jackie Chan expresses shame over son's marijuana arrest

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

Jackie Chan apologized to the public Wednesday over his son's detention on drug charges in Beijing, saying he's ashamed and saddened.

Picture emerges of officer in Ferguson shooting

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

A white police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed black 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.


Aid group: U.S. doctor who had Ebola has recovered

Posted 8/21/2014 in National

At least one of the two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa has recovered and was to be discharged today from an Atlanta hospital, a spokeswoman for the aid group he was working for said.



Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State

Posted 8/20/2014 in National

In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley -- and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say.



Prosecutor: Killing of drunk driver an 'execution'

Posted 8/20/2014 in National

A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecutor told jurors on Tuesday.



Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Posted 8/20/2014 in National

Few would recognize his face, but most knew his voice: the booming baritone that for nearly four decades heralded "Saturday Night Live."


Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Police and protesters collided in the streets of Ferguson again late Monday, a day after the Missouri governor summoned the National Guard to help restore calm to the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer.

Body of Marine's missing wife found in mine shaft

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff's deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared.

State-of-the-art solar plants ignite birds in mid-air

Posted 8/19/2014 in National

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.


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