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Terror group that beheaded James Foley is holding up to 20 western hostages

Fears grow that the jihadists who killed James Foley may murder more hostages they are holding<p>Up to 20 Western hostages are being held by the jihadi group that beheaded James Foley, it has emerged.<p>As well as the journalist Steven Sotloff, who was threatened with beheading by the same man who …

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9-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot In Chicago Yard

A distraught family is looking for answers after a 9-year-old boy was fatally shot in the back yard of a Chicago apartment building Wednesday afternoon.<p>Antonio Smith was shot multiple times about 4 p.m. Wednesday behind a building a few blocks from his home in the city's Grand Crossing …

Officer in Wal-Mart shooting involved in 2010 case

CINCINNATI (AP) — A police officer placed on leave after the fatal shooting of a man at a Wal-Mart store also was involved in a 2010 fatal shooting …

Police officer who brutally pummeled homeless grandmother could face “serious charges”

The California Highway Patrol turns over its criminal investigation Los Angeles County district attorney<p>The officer who mounted and repeatedly punched a homeless grandmother in the face on the side of the I-10 Freeway in July could face “potentially serious charges” the California Highway Patrol …

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Parents had hoped to negotiate with Foley captors

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The parents of slain journalist James Foley said they regarded an email they received from his captors last week as a hopeful …

Islamist militants on rise in Austria: government

VIENNA (Reuters) - Authorities suspect around 130 people resident in Austria - most of them foreign nationals - have allied themselves with Islamist militants fighting abroad, officials in Vienna said on Friday, raising their estimate by nearly a third.<p>Austrian Interior Minister Johanna …

North Dakota rejects challenge to state's ban on gay marriage

North Dakota’s attorney general rejected calls to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, arguing the state cannot have “two mutually exclusive marriage institutions”.<p>In the filing, led by the North Dakota governor, Jack Dalrymple, and Wayne Stenehjem, the attorney general, the …

Iraqi and Kurdish forces try to recapture Islamic State-held towns

Government troops and Kurdish peshmerga forces attempt to reclaim two northern towns from Islamic State militants<p><b>Iraqi</b> government forces and Kurdish peshmerga fighters attempted on Friday to recapture two towns in the north from Islamic State militants, security sources said.<p>The Kurdish forces, …

Policeman accused of serial sex assault on patrol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was …

Is Obama heading toward airstrikes in Syria?

After three years of avoiding it, President Barack Obama finds himself being pushed toward military action in Syria.<p>Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey both made clear that defeating Islamic State jihadists' rampage through northern Iraq would require going …

U.N. Slams World Leaders Over Inaction in Syria as Death Toll Surpasses 191,000

The United Nations said Friday that more than 191,000 people have been killed in Syria since the country’s civil war began in March 2011, as a top …

Unfamiliar Territory: Inside Ferguson's Patchwork Police Force

FERGUSON, Missouri — If there is one iconic image out of Ferguson, it is that of tear-gas wielding officers in helmets standing face-to-face with …

Israeli Boy Killed, Five Wounded in Gaza Mortar Strike

A 4-year-old Israeli child was killed by a mortar shell fired into the country from Gaza Friday, the military said, and five other Israelis were wounded in other rocket attacks. The strikes come as gunmen in Gaza executed 18 people it claimed were spies in an apparent attempt to plug security …

Photojournalist’s Helmet Cam Takes You Behind the Scenes in Ferguson as Police Tear Gas Protesters

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3 blacks on 12-person grand jury weighing Ferguson case - CNN.com

<i>Have you documented the protests in Ferguson? Share your photos, videos and opinions with CNN iReport.</i><p><i>For local coverage of the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown and its aftermath, go to CNN affiliates KMOV, KSDK, KTVI and KPLR.</i><p><b>Ferguson, Missouri (CNN)</b> -- Ever since it happened, race has been …

Lawsuit slams S.F. police shooting of man with Taser

Family says officers used excessive force on man armed with Taser<p>Supporters of a City College of San Francisco student who was shot and killed by police in Bernal Heights Park while carrying a Taser stun gun marched from the park to the city's federal courthouse Friday as his family filed a civil …

Alabama teacher suspended after 6th graders re-enact Missouri shooting | Reuters

(Reuters) - An Alabama teacher was suspended after her sixth-grade students re-enacted along racial lines the police shooting of Michael Brown, the black teenager whose killing in Ferguson, Missouri, has sparked nightly clashes, school officials said Friday.<p>The skit was the students’ idea, but the …

Islamic State recruiting in Canada, local imam warns

Founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada said jihadist from group 'recruiting under our noses in universities and mosques'<p>A Canadian imam known for his pacifist sermons has warned that Islamist militant group IS was actively recruiting in Canada and said one member issued him a death threat.<p>…

Police officer suspended after branding Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'

St Louis police say it has suspended one of its officers expressed contempt for the protesters on his Facebook account<p>A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he voiced his contempt via Facebook of protesters condemning the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.<p>…

Civil rights prosecutors urge charges in Garner death

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a New York police officer in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But it's unclear if that will happen.<p>That's according to a person familiar with the case who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Prosecutors …

Ferguson: officer relieved of duty after video of racist remarks surfaces

A police officer involved in the protests over Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, has been relieved of his duty after video surfaced of him making racist and derogatory remarks.<p>Dan Page was recorded in April giving a speech in which he described President Barack Obama as an illegal …