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US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed
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, the Obama administration said Wednesday....

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage....

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration....

US official: More airstrikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) -- American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq on Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks....

APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday....

Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B
WASHINGTON (AP) -- How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much....

News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Political committees faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:...

Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious....

GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan as an outsider in a state where relationships and roots matter....

High court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is delaying the start of same-sex marriage in Virginia....

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