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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million — or 100 million Euros— in ransom for his release. A second U.S. official says the demands were sent in emails to Foley's family...
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he has no intentions of removing himself from the Michael Brown case, and he is urging Gov. Jay Nixon to once and for all decide if he will act on calls for McCulloch's ouster. The Aug. 9 shooting of Brown by a...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance. Duncan's decision is an acknowledgement of the concerns by teachers' unions and others that it's too early to...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department's...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already gotten the drops boosted their...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Polio has been wiped out of many countries thanks to massive use of oral vaccine. But new research suggests trying a one-two punch where the disease is still a threat: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already gotten the drops boosted their...
PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) — Rory McIlroy got off to his worst start in two months Thursday with a 3-over 74 in The Barclays. Coming off three straight victories — two of them major championships — McIlroy took a double bogey on his third hole and never got on track at Ridgewood Country...
VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Jamie Donaldson shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take first-round lead at the Czech Masters and boost his chances of securing a spot on the European Ryder Cup team. Seeking his third European Tour victory, the Welshman produced two straight...
Only five challengers have signed up for the chance to take on software billionaire Larry Ellison's Oracle Team USA in the 2017 America's Cup. Organizers announced Thursday that Emirates Team New Zealand, Italy's Luna Rossa Challenge, Britain's Ben Ainslie Racing, Sweden's...