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Kenneth Bae, Matthew Miller, Jeffrey Fowle

CNN

How North Korea may be using U.S. detainees

The setup was bizarre.

North Korean officials whisked a CNN team away in a van, purportedly to go meet with a high-ranking government official.

Hours later, they arrived in the capital and were presented with three Americans held captive in the reclu...

Teen correctional facility escape

WSMV

7 teens who escaped Tenn. center still free

Authorities near Nashville were still searching Tuesday for teenagers who escaped a detention center the night before.

Thirty-two teens escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center late Monday, Tennessee Department of Children's Services s...

President Barack Obama Afghanistan troop withdrawal

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Obama OKs more troops to Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized additional troops be deployed to Iraq to protect American diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad.

The 350 troops are being sent at the request of the U.S. Department of State to beef up securit...

Kent Brantly, wife

REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Ebola victim: 'Felt like I was about to die'

Dr. Kent Brantly had stared death in the face many times, doing all he could against frightful odds to save Ebola victims in West Africa.

Until death stared back.

Barack Obama

Jason Reed/Reuters

ISIS puts pressure on Obama to act

If nothing else, the latest ISIS act of barbarism brought a quick political consensus, and added pressure on President Barack Obama: Caution in the face of repugnant horror just won't do.

Girl with uzi kills instructor

Family of girl who shot instructor devastated

The family of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally shot and killed an Arizona instructor with an Uzi is "devastated" and asking for privacy, according to a statement from a family lawyer.

"Words cannot express the family's sadness about the accidental s...

Bob McDonnell

Paul Courson/CNN

Jury gets case of former Virginia governor

It had all the elements of a soap opera. A broken marriage. Alleged influence peddling. Courtroom drama.

Steven Sotloff with sheep

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...

Hugo Chavez

UNTV

The Lord's Prayer becomes the 'Chavez Prayer'

A member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and follower of Hugo Chavez is raising eyebrows for changing the words of the Lord's Prayer as a way to honor the late president.

Doctors Without Borders treating Ebola outbreak, Guinea

From Doctors Without Borders

Mission group: Another US doctor has Ebola

The Ebola outbreak is much worse than official figures show and is "spiraling out of control," a leading U.S. official said Tuesday -- due in part, he said, to some countries that inadvertently have made it harder to corral the deadly disease.

Centers...

court room

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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

ISIS

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...

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Who is Al-Shabaab?

Feisal Omar/Reuters

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

World's most popular beers

Bud Light Budweiser blurb

Fred Prouser/Reuters

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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