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It started with orange juice: Decades-old case shapes how Ferguson police officer to be judged
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It started with a bottle of orange juice 30 years ago....

Journalist's slaying not shifting positions in Congress on military action against extremists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach....

State Department bars high-ranking US diplomats from taking ice bucket challenge for charity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for U.S. diplomats to get in on the fun....

US rescue mission in Syria this summer failed to find Americans held hostage by extremists
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

US launches more airstrikes in Iraq around Mosul Dam
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam....

Perry tells conservatives he's open to sending US troops to Iraq; shrugs off indictments
WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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....

Congressional investigators say Pentagon violated law with swap of Army prisoner for 5 Taliban
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon broke the law when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban leaders, congressional investigators said Thursday....

US is intensifying airstrikes in Iraq but details on how it is done are sometimes thin
WASHINGTON (AP) -- America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin....

Senate Democrats' campaign committee airs first ads in tight Colorado race against Gardner
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Democrats' campaign arm is spending $1 million on television ads criticizing the GOP nominee's opposition to abortion rights....

Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bank of America's record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds - $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief - offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners....

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US official: Islamic militants demanded $132.5 million ransom for journalist they later killed

US launches more airstrikes in Iraq around Mosul Dam

US rescue mission in Syria this summer failed to find Americans held hostage by extremists

Navy Adm. William McRaven confirmed as next chancellor of University of Texas system

Congressional investigators say Pentagon violated law with swap of Army prisoner for 5 Taliban

Government: States can ask for more time before using student test scores to evaluate teachers

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DNC beats RNC in July fundraising, but Republican committee still has more money in the bank

News Guide: Highlights of Tuesday's primary elections in Alaska and Wyoming


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