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James Foley in bushes

Courtesy Dan Shakal

Foley death raises fears for Western hostages

American journalist James Foley was beheaded by his ISIS captors to send a message to the Western world. And he is not the only Westerner held by the militant group.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Mosul, Iraq

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ISIS: What it will take to beat terror group

Until the sudden capture of Mosul in June, ISIS was of concern to Western governments but not a pressing priority.

Ambulance

Report: 38 killed in Egypt tourist bus crash

At least 38 people were killed and 41 injured early Friday when two tourist buses crashed in northeastern Egypt, the country's semi-official news website Al-Ahram Online reported.

Iraq air strikes car destroyed

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Hagel: ISIS 'beyond anything we have seen'

America's top defense officials left open the possibility of targeting fighters with the so-called Islamic State in Syria, saying during a news briefing Thursday it was not enough to just hit the extremist group in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel...

Flowers on MH17 fuselage

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Malaysian MH17 passengers repatriated

More than a month after the airliner they were traveling on was shot out of the skies above eastern Ukraine, the bodies of 20 Malaysian passengers arrived back in Kuala Lumpur as Malaysia observed a national day of mourning.

Families of the victims of...

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Israeli strike kills 3 Hamas military leaders

An Israeli airstrike on a house in Gaza overnight killed three high-ranking members of Hamas' military wing, the Qassam Brigades, the militant group said Thursday. Seven civilians were also killed.

The three members of the Brigades' 15-member militar...

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Foley's final months: Failed rescue, e-mails

An outrageous ransom demand. A failed rescue attempt. A taunting e-mail.

These were the details emerging about the final months of the life of American journalist James Foley, whose execution at the hands of Islamic extremists was captured on video a...

Robin Williams make God laugh

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Robin Williams' ashes scattered in SF Bay

Actor Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay, according to his death certificate.

Ferguson protests

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Drawdown of Guard in Ferguson to begin

The tide may be turning in Ferguson, Missouri.

For the first time since a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the streets emptied early Thursday.

Protest crowds thinned from hundreds to dozens late Wednesday, then di...

Starbucks logo

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Over 750 pay it forward in Starbucks chain

A pay it forward chain that began in a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks linked more than 750 strangers in a two-day act of coffee kindness.

Firefighters injured ice bucket challenge

Tyler Arterburn

Firefighters hurt during Ice Bucket Challenge

An ALS Ice Bucket Challenge went terribly wrong in Campbellsville, Kentucky, when four firefighters were seriously injured after participating in a group event, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette.

Electricity from a power line shock...

ISIS supporter with flag

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Who's doing what to fight ISIS

Talk is tough against ISIS, the Sunni jihadists rampaging through Syria and northern Iraq, following the group's release of a video showing the beheading American journalist James Foley.

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On this day: August 22

Teddy Roosevelt riding in car, 1902

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Teddy Roosevelt goes for a historic ride, tennis player Althea Gibson breaks racial barriers, The Supremes hit No. 1 for the first time, and Nolan Ryan notches his 5,000 career strikeout, all on this day.

Who was James Foley?

James Foley in helmet

Courtesy Dan Shakal

James Foley was an American photojournalist who went missing in Syria almost two years ago. On Tuesday, August 19th, a video, apparently produced by ISIS as a warning to the US to stop air strikes against the group in Iraq, ended with Foley's beheading. Learn more about the life of the man whose his parents call a 'martyr for freedom.'

Ridiculous 911 calls

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Have you ever considered calling 911 because of a massive spider in your house? How about because a McDonald's employee got your order wrong? Take a look at some of the strangest reasons people have recently called 911.

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