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Dias Kadyrbayev, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in federal court in Boston.  (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
Dias Kadyrbayev, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is depicted Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014 in federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)
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Marathon bombing suspect’s friend pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.

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AAA: Nearly 35 million will travel Labor Day weekend

AAA Travel says some 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend. That's the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over last year.

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Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri
Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri
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Nixon orders withdrawal of Guard from Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Nixon is ordering the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old.

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GlobalPost President and CEO Philip Balboni reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Boston,
GlobalPost President and CEO Philip Balboni reacts as he speaks during a news conference in Boston (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release.

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Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip,
Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
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Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the group said, in what is likely to be a major blow to the organization's morale and a significant achievement for Israel's intelligence agency.

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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol
Attorney General Eric Holder speaks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
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Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

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Boat after exploding during refueling in a Long Island harbor
Boat after exploding during refueling in a Long Island harbor (CBS New York)
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Boat blast at Long Island marina kills 1, hurts 1

MANORHAVEN, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say a boat exploded while being refueled at a Long Island marina, killing a man aboard and burning a dock worker who pushed the fiery vessel away from the shore.

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President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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US mission to rescue Foley and other 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.

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Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

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.

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Darren Wilson at a February city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking over a week of protests in the suburban St. Louis town. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson)
Darren Wilson at a February city council meeting in Ferguson. Police identified Wilson, 28, as the officer who shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014, sparking over a week of protests in the suburban St. Louis town. (AP Photo/City of Ferguson)
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Picture emerges of police officer in Ferguson shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A police officer whose shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old ignited racial upheaval in a St. Louis suburb has been characterized as either an aggressor whose deadly gunfire constituted a daylight execution or a law enforcer wrongly maligned for just doing his job.

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