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An unidentified woman walks towards the home of the family of journalist Steven Sotloff, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Pinecrest, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
An unidentified woman walks towards the home of the family of journalist Steven Sotloff, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 in Pinecrest, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Video purports to show beheading of second US journalist

BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, "our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people."

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A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz.
A man closes off an entrance to the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Ariz. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Girl in accidental shooting said Uzi was too much for her

PHOENIX (AP) -- Police reports released Tuesday say a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed a shooting range instructor with an Uzi in northern Arizona had said immediately after the shooting that she felt the gun was too much for her and had hurt her shoulder.

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Palestinians stand on the rubble of houses destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on August 2.  (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)
Palestinians stand on the rubble of houses destroyed in an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip on August 2. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)
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Hamas poll ratings rise with Palestinians after latest conflict

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The popularity of the Hamas militant group among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has spiked significantly following the 50-day war with Israel, according to an opinion poll released Tuesday.

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Drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)
Drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)
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Infamous Florida speed trap town investigated over tickets

WALDO, Fla. (AP) -- The north Florida town of Waldo has long had a reputation as a speed trap, and it's no wonder. A small segment of highway that runs through Waldo requires drivers to speed up and slow down six times: 65 mph becomes 55 mph; 55 becomes 45; then goes back to 55; then back down to 45; to 55 again and eventually, 35 mph.

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One of 32 escaped teenagers, right, is taken into custody after he was turned in by family members, according to a Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman, in front of the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, Tenn.
One of 32 escaped teenagers, right, is taken into custody after he was turned in by family members, according to a Tennessee Department of Children's Services spokesman, in front of the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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More than 30 teens escape from detention center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and 10 of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said.

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President Barack Obama walks down the stairs of Air Force One
President Barack Obama walks down the stairs of Air Force One (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Russia’s gains cloud Obama’s assurances to Baltics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's inability to halt the Russian aggression in Ukraine that has stoked fears in other former Soviet republics.

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Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin  walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)
Pro-Russian rebel leaders from Eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin, left, and Alexey Karyakin walk in Minsk, Belarus, on Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko)
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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in Ukraine peace talks

MOSCOW (AP) -- Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy - a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

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Pro-Russian rebels prepare arms for the the assault on the positions of Ukrainian army in Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine
Pro-Russian rebels prepare arms for the the assault on the positions of Ukrainian army in Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)
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New round of Ukraine talks to be held in Belarus

MOSCOW (AP) -- With a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine about to start, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has called on the participants to push for a cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and separatist forces.

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FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington DC in 1947. (AP Photo/File)
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee in Washington DC in 1947. (AP Photo/File)
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Fearing Soviet invasion, US trained Alaskan ‘agents’ in 1950

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show.

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A tour offered to journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, shows damage in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo)
A tour offered to journalists by the Dawn of Libya militia on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, shows damage in the front yard of a building at the U.S. Embassy compound in Tripoli, Libya. (AP Photo)
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Islamist militia now guards abandoned US Embassy in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more than a month ago.

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