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Jury deliberating on ex-Blackwater workers

Ali Abdul Razzaq's life in Iraq was still getting started when a bullet to the head killed the 9-year-old. Ahmad Rubaie was studying to become a doctor when his life ended.

They were just two of a group of unarmed Iraqi civilians who died when four f...

Steven Joel Sotloff

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Apparent ISIS executioner: 'I'm back, Obama'

The similarities are striking.

An American journalist kneels in the desert, dressed in an orange prison-style jumpsuit. A masked "executioner" lords over him, wielding a knife.

The journalist speaks; the executioner speaks.

And then the horrific happens...

Ahmed Abdi Godane aka Mukhtar Abu Zubayr

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Leader aims to extend Al-Shabaab's reach

He is merciless toward opponents, secretive to the point of being a recluse and a true believer in the cause of global jihad.

And from his hideout somewhere in southern Somalia, Mukhtar Abu Zubayr, the emir of Al-Shabaab, has planned numerous terror ...

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Sotloff friends praise his talent, passion

When freelance journalist Steven Sotloff disappeared during a reporting trip to Syria in August 2013, his family kept the news a secret. Families of hostages are frequently advised to do this by security firms.

The abduction of Sotloff, who was behea...

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Beck: Hillary Clinton will be next president

Glenn Beck may not want to vote for Hillary Clinton, but he is convinced that she will win the presidency in 2016.

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Did U.S. attack kill Al-Shabaab leader?

The U.S. military went into Somalia with one goal in mind: Kill Ahmed Abdi Godane, the leader of Al-Shabaab.

One day later, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said flatly, "We certainly believe that we hit what we were aiming at."

What he did not ...

Stock market traders

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Morgan Stanley predicts stock market surge

Worried about a stock market bubble? Morgan Stanley sure isn't.

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Cybersecurity stocks pop. Thank the hackers

Call it the "Jennifer Lawrence stock rally".

Donetsk, Ukraine damage

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Misery in Ukraine as conflict hits civilians

In the city of Donetsk, the devastation wrought by weeks of fighting between pro-Russia rebels and Ukrainian forces is all too apparent.

Jim Irsay Colts owner arrested

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Colts owner Jim Irsay pleads guilty to DUI

In a time when the NFL has come under scrutiny about how it punishes its players, players and fans were monitoring Tuesday how Commissioner Roger Goodell might punish one of his own bosses: an NFL team owner.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pleaded...

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L.A. mayor calls for $13.25 minimum wage

The push for a higher minimum wage picked up momentum Monday when the mayor of the nation's second largest city called for an increase to $13.25 by 2017.

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Gun violence costs taxpayers $500 million

Gunshot wounds are costing the American taxpayer half a billion dollars a year, according to a study from the Urban Institute.

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Who is Al-Shabaab?

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Find out more about Al-Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked militant group bombed by U.S. drones in Somalia.

World's most popular beers

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Think you can guess which beer is consumed the most worldwide? Take a look at a list of the most popular beers in the world and where they are brewed, according to CNN Money.

On this day: September 2

Instrument of Surrender of Japan, World War II

U.S. Army Signal Corps

London burns, Atlanta falls to Union forces, Japan surrenders to end World War II, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates its opening with a star-studded jam, all on this day.

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