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Another American hostage at risk by Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded American journalist James Foley - and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say....

Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall....

Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama....

Holder bringing personal perspective 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....

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

Senate control could rest with well-funded women
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Control of the Senate could lie in the fortunes of female candidates and the deep-pocketed donors, like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who are sending piles of cash their way....

Bus rental spat comes as Senate candidates meet
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The candidates in Kentucky's U.S. Senate race are answering questions together for the first time amid a squabble over a bus rental....

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....

Hope, resentment in new charter school landscape
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, charter schools are the new reality of public education in New Orleans....

No-fly list rules get changes
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....

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