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Obama: U.S. to continue operations in Iraq

[Breaking news update 6:44 p.m. ET]

The United States attempted a rescue operation earlier this summer to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by ISIS, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a written statement.

"Unfortunately, th...

James Foley

GlobalPost

Pentagon: US tried to rescue hostages, including Foley

The United States attempted a rescue operation earlier this summer to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by ISIS, including journalist James Foley, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a written statement.

Thoughts and prayers for Foley family

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Official: U.S. Foley rescue attempt failed

[Breaking news update 6:53 p.m. ET]

The United States attempted a rescue operation earlier this summer to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by ISIS, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a written statement.

"Unfortunately, th...

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REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Heavy rains, landslides kill 39 in Japan

Residents combed through mud and debris looking for bodies of their loved ones after heavy rains triggered landslides that swallowed up homes in the western Japanese city of Hiroshima on Wednesday.

The landslides killed at least 39 people, including ...

Ferguson protests

CNN

Grand jury to 'thoroughly' mull Brown case

Two months.

It looks like it might be that long before a local grand jury decides whether to bring charges in the death of Michael Brown -- the loud, passionate calls for swift justice notwithstanding.

The shooting of the African-American teenager by a...

Ukraine Luhansk Donetsk

CNN

Military jet shot down in Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists struck two helicopters as well as a jet with portable air defense systems Wednesday in the Luhansk region of Ukraine.

A source within the Ukrainian military confirmed the statement by the "South-East Army," which claims the gr...

Jose Antonio Vargas artsy

REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

Vargas, others appeal to US on deportations

Filmmaker and activist Jose Antonio Vargas and 10 others asked the U.S. government on Wednesday to halt deportation proceedings against undocumented immigrants like themselves who have strong and productive ties to the United States.

Bank of America lobby

REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Bank of America nears record settlement

Bank of America is on the verge of finalizing a deal with the government to pay more than $16.5 billion in what would be the biggest mortgage securities fraud settlement.

The agreement, to be announced as soon as Thursday, would settle a probe by the ...

Gay couple, same-sex couple

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US Supreme Court puts Va. gay marriage on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted a request to delay enforcement of an appeals court ruling that overturned Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. That means gay and lesbian couples cannot legally wed in the state for now.

The Richmond-based U.S....

James Foley

WMUR

Social media deals with James Foley beheading

When confronted by gruesome images of a man being beheaded by terrorists, what should you do?

News organizations have grappled with these kinds of questions for decades. Now, with the prevalence of social media, website operators and ordinary Internet...

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