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US family grieving over new beheading video
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants....

Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says the leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab (ahl-shah-BAHB') extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle Monday night....

Christie to Mexico on trade mission, 2016 politics
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading to Mexico on Wednesday, officially on a trade mission for his state. But he also is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, with a lot of swagger but little foreign policy experience....

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....

Blackwater legacy: a faint memory of Nisoor Square
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The summer-long trial of four Blackwater security guards in the shootings of more than 30 Iraqis has been a grim retelling of lives snuffed out and the daily life-and-death decisions amid the chaos of war....

Obama addresses West Africans on facts about Ebola
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is telling the people of West Africa that stopping the spread of Ebola won't be easy, but "we know how to do it."...

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4....

Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents....

2016ers jockey even before congressional elections
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- One set of elections ends in early November as another begins when presidential hopefuls cross the unofficial starting line in the 2016 race for the White House....

Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers?
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Millions of students will sit down at computers this year to take new tests rooted in the Common Core standards for math and reading, but policymakers in many states are having buyer's remorse....

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