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Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

  BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday, Sept 2, purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The footage — depicting [...]

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9-foot Joe Frazier statue rising in Philadelphia

  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone. Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier? “Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much [...]

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Top South America hackers rattle Peru’s Cabinet

  LIMA, Peru (AP) — The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, defacing websites and extracting sensitive data to strut their programming prowess and make political points. Now the team calling itself LulzSecPeru has created a national political uproar. Emails the hackers stole from [...]

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Venezuela rails against portrayal in US spy drama

  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Critics have mostly ignored the new TNT spy drama “Legends,” but it’s creating a furor in Venezuela. Officials in the South American country are denouncing the show for portraying the socialist government stockpiling nerve gas to quash dissent. The telecommunications commission opened an investigation Tuesday into the series over an [...]

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Trapped miners rescued in Nicaragua; 5 remain

  BONANZA, Nicaragua (AP) — Rescue workers and trapped miners alike frantically dug away at opposite sides of rock and mud that blocked a Nicaragua gold mine, finally succeeding in freeing at least 20 men. Efforts to reach five miners still missing continued Saturday. Antonio Diaz said the miners tried to cheer each other up [...]

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Chris Brown pleads guilty to assault in Washington

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Brown pleaded guilty on Tuesday, September 2nd, to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna. Brown pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault and was sentenced to time served. He spent two days in [...]

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Chesapeake Bay community offers seaside retirement

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay, 2:30 p.m. Coal colliers bob in gentle green swells on a gray afternoon, but it’s bright and sunny 11 stories up. The walls and carpets of Ty and Penny Brown’s apartment are pristine white, and a shaggy round orange rug fills the living room with sun. [...]

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Detroit’s historic bankruptcy trial to begin

    DETROIT (AP) — Starting Tuesday, September 2nd, lawyers for Detroit will attempt to convince a federal judge at the city’s bankruptcy trial that its plans to wipe out the city’s billions of dollars in debt should be approved. After some delays, the trial in U.S. District Court begins a little more than 13 [...]

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BC-US–Burning Man

  RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert. Friday’s official peak attendance of 65,922 was within the population cap of 68,000 the federal Bureau of Land Management imposed on the quirky art and music [...]

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Cuba cracks down on goods in travelers’ luggage

  HAVANA (AP) — Lugging duffel bags crammed with soap, socks, toys and other hard-to-obtain consumer goods, travelers arriving in Cuba on Monday complained that new government restrictions on their imports would leave their families wanting. Passengers on flights from Miami said they were bringing in far less than usual thanks to higher customs duties [...]

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Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

  MOSCOW (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. The insurgents’ platform, released at the start of Monday’s negotiations in Minsk, the Belarusian [...]

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