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Obama: US won't stop confronting Islamic State
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the United States will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of journalist James Foley....

Text of Obama's remarks on slain journalist
Text of President Barack Obama's remarks about American journalist James Foley, as provided by the White House. Foley was killed by Islamic State extremists shown in a video released Tuesday. The extremists called the beheading retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq:...

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....

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

Obama to speak after militants behead American
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants released a video showing an American journalist being beheaded....

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....

Obama, allies vow firm response to Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight against Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region as the administration weighed sending even more American troops to Iraq....

APNewsBreak: BofA reaches $17B settlement with US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion settlement 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....

Drug for Ebola-like virus promising in ill monkeys
WASHINGTON (AP) -- An experimental drug saved monkeys from a virus closely related to Ebola even after symptoms began, Texas researchers reported Wednesday. A drug that targets Ebola in the same way is under development, and the study raises questions about how late after infection treatments might work....

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....

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