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AP Top U.S. News At 1:25 p.m. EDT

Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors
ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful sign they could negotiate with the Islamic militants....

Islamic State backers under scrutiny in US
NEW YORK (AP) -- Officially, the FBI agents who swarmed Donald Ray Morgan at Kennedy Airport this month were there to arrest him on a mundane gun charge. But they whisked him away to their Manhattan office and grilled him for two hours on an entirely different topic: Islamic State extremists....

American Ebola doc urges help fighting outbreak
ATLANTA (AP) -- As one of few Ebola survivors with medical expertise, Dr. Kent Brantly seems keenly aware of the position his painful experience has put him in. He hasn't spoken yet about his plans, but spent much of his first public appearance pleading for help for countries still struggling with the virus....

Ferguson fallout: A call for police 'body cams'
NEW YORK (AP) -- What if Michael Brown's last moments had been recorded?...

National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old....

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Farming is hip in New England....

Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries
SEATTLE (AP) -- The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk of Mount Rainier....

Dentist at center of hepatitis scare cedes license
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinic conditions led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis permanently surrendered his professional license on Friday....

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free
A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunked arson science....

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, firefighters hurt
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A charity stunt that has grown into a social media phenomenon went terribly wrong for four Kentucky firefighters when a fire truck's ladder got too close to a power line after they dumped water on college students who were taking part in an "ice bucket challenge."...

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Interactives
A year after the Gulf oil spill, problems remain
Local governments spent BP money with abandon
Civil War celebrations stir controversy
States' attempts to resist health care reform
A look at extremist attacks on the U.S. government
Gun law changes across the U.S.
A look inside the Statue of Liberty
A look around the Statue of Liberty
A look at Guantanamo's history
Up to the Minute
2 parolees charged in suburban Chicago standoff

Southwest jet makes emergency landing in Dallas

Colorado dropping Arapaho spellings for dorms

Lawsuit filed over immigrants' access to lawyers

Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels

Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

Pope Francis offers condolences on Szoka's death

2 kids hurt in fall from Ferris wheel

Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loans not inappropriate