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US officials: Video shows American's beheading
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist....

Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Eric Holder talks about the nation's civil rights struggles in a way no previous U.S. attorney general could - by telling his own family story....

Texas' Perry smiles for mug shot, gets ice cream
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a confident, wry smile beneath flawless hair for his mug shot. Then he went out for a vanilla ice cream....

Dan Sullivan takes lead in Alaska GOP Senate race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican appeared to be coming up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan took a primary lead in the fight to be the GOP candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall....

News Guide: Primary election highlights
Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Alaska and Wyoming....

Sen. Enzi wins Wyoming's US Senate GOP primary
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- What had been shaping up as one of this year's most bitterly contested primaries came and went with barely a ripple on Tuesday as Wyoming U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi soundly beat four little-known Republican challengers in his pursuit of a fourth term....

AP Exclusive: US changing no-fly list rules
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is promising to change the way travelers can ask to be removed from its no-fly list of suspected terrorists banned from air travel....

As protests rage, Obama struggles to find his role
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the "racial stalemate we've been stuck in for years." Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America's painful history on race, can be healed....

Defiant Texas Gov. Perry coming to New Hampshire
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- The last time voters in New Hampshire saw Rick Perry, the Texas governor's 2012 presidential bid had fallen apart after a series of gaffes punctuated by a much-maligned stumble during a televised debate....

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed groups in Syria and could easily be diverted to extremist factions....

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Holder brings his civil rights push to Ferguson

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