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  • What we know about Steven Sotloff, the second American purportedly beheaded by ISIL
    What we know about Steven Sotloff, the second American purportedly beheaded by ISIL

    Steven Sotloff, the other American journalist who was seen in a video that showed the beheading of James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, has been executed, a new video released by the militant group purports to show.

  • Dunkin' Donuts opens first So. California store, and everyone is really, really excited

    Dunkin' Donuts opened its first Southern California store on Tuesday, with fans of the Massachussetts-based coffee and doughnuts chain lining up hours ahead of its 5 a.m. opening.

  • Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated
    Lawyer says family of girl with Uzi is devastated

    PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney for the parents of a 9-year-old girl who accidentally killed an Arizona shooting range instructor with an Uzi said Tuesday the family is devastated by the tragedy that occurred on a brief excursion during a vacation.

  • Another American medical missionary has Ebola
    Another American medical missionary has Ebola

    Another American doctor working in West Africa has contracted the deadly Ebola virus, a missionary group announced on Tuesday morning.

  • This is what caffeine does to your brain
    This is what caffeine does to your brain

    Why do regular coffee drinkers seem to need more and more coffee to maintain the buzz? Can coffee actually kill you? An AsapSCIENCE video has answers.>

  • Putin's '2 weeks to Kiev' out of context: aide
    Putin's '2 weeks to Kiev' out of context: aide

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Kremlin aide on Tuesday sharply criticized EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso for breaching confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if it wished.

  • Putin orders building hastened at new Russian spaceport

    By Vladimir Soldatkin VOSTOCHNY Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered construction sped up on a multi-billion-dollar spaceport in Russia's Far East that he said would break reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and launch future missions to the Moon and Mars. Putin flew in a helicopter over the sprawling building site in Vostochny at a time when conflict with Ukraine, maker of Zenit and Dnepr rockets, is highlighting the fragility of Russia's dependence on former Soviet republics in defense and space. Building a new launchpad on its own soil is central to Putin's effort to reform a once-pioneering space industry hobbled by years of budget cuts and a brain drain in the 1990s. "Our own space infrastructure and modern network of cosmodromes ... will allow Russia to strengthen its standing as a leading space superpower and guarantee the independence of space activities," Putin said at Vostochny, near Russia's border with China.

  • US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group
    US strike targets leader of Somali extremist group

    A U.S. airstrike in Somalia killed at least six members of the Islamic extremist group al-Shabab, possibly including its leader who was in a car that was hit.

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