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Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

WASHINGTON — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf’s increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How…

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Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. The president said the US will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder of jou…

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US troops entered Syria in failed rescue try

US troops entered Syria in failed rescue try

WASHINGTON — President Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

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Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

WASHINGTON — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists.

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Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

Diane and John Foley talk to reporters about their son James Foley outside their home in Rochester, N.H. Earlier Wednesday, they spoke with President Obama by phone.

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US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

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Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

Social media pushes back at militant propaganda

BEIRUT — The extremists of the Islamic State group have turned their social media into a theater of horror, broadcasting a stomach-turning stream of battles, bombings and beheadings to a global audience.

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Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

Review: Video blackouts impede baseball online

A television camera stands near the Toronto Blue Jays' on deck circle during a baseball game between the Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles, in Baltimore, in April. Major League Baseball shows what can be done right when it comes to making its games available on the Internet. It also unders…

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New on DVD: ‘Marx Brothers on Television’

New on DVD: ‘Marx Brothers on Television’

When the Marx brothers made their final film comedy, “Love Happy,” in 1949, they found a new outlet for their outrageously funny shenanigans on the new medium of television.

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Don't try the ice bucket challenge at the office

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a popular viral marketing campaign.

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No photos: Parents keeping babies off Facebook

No photos: Parents keeping babies off Facebook

More parents are consciously keeping their children's photos and identities off the Internet.

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US journalist beheaded in Islamic State video

US journalist beheaded in Islamic State video

Sunni extremists threaten to execute a second American captive.

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Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

The television and radio announcer’s resonant voice-over style was widely imitated. “Late night will never sound as cool again,” said former “SNL” writer and performer Tina Fey.

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Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies in Tucson

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies in Tucson

Said longtime cast member Tina Fey: “Late night will never sound as cool again.”

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TV's Don Pardo dies, voiced 'SNL' from Tucson

TV's Don Pardo dies, voiced 'SNL' from Tucson

Pardo died in Tucson, his home since 2005.

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No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Wasim Ahmad and his wife, Lakshmi Ramsoondar-Ahmad, bought a website domain with their son’s name, making it password-protected so only relatives can see updates.

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More parents opting to keep babies off Facebook

More parents opting to keep babies off Facebook

Some have safety concerns. Others worry about where the data will wind up.

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Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the ag…

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Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

This Sept. 25, 1982 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo. Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the age of 96. (AP Photo/NBC, Al Levine)

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Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

Longtime 'SNL' announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of "Saturday Night Live." Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in Arizona at the ag…

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