U.S. journalist James Foley (R) arrives with fellow reporter Clare Gillis (not pictured), after being released by the Libyan government, at Rixos hotel in Tripoli, in this picture taken May 18, 2011. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

Did America’s ransom policy help kill James Foley?

James Foley's death is the clearest evidence yet of how vastly different responses to kidnappings by U.S. and European governments save European hostages but can doom the Americans.  Commentary 

Fed debates merits of earlier rate hike given U.S. jobs gains 4:26pm EDT

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Federal Reserve hinted on Wednesday that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating.

Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant in Florrissant, Missouri August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool

Attorney general visits Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. - Attorney General Eric Holder was visiting Ferguson, Missouri hours after nearly 50 protesters were arrested in the 11th straight night of demonstrations over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.  Full Article | Slideshow 

Palestinians bury the bodies of the wife of Mohammed Deif, Hamas's military leader, and his infant son Ali, whom medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike, at a cemetery in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip August 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Wife and son of Hamas leader killed

GAZA/JERUSALEM - An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed the wife and infant son of Hamas's military leader, Mohammed Deif, the group said, calling it an attempt to assassinate him after a ceasefire collapsed.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) educational materials are displayed at a hearing of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee, about the Ebola crisis in West Africa, on Capitol Hill in Washington August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

California patient tested for Ebola exposure

Blood samples from a patient at a Northern California hospital, who is suspected of having been exposed to the deadly Ebola virus, will be tested by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Video | Full Article 

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Landslides kill at least 36 in Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA - At least 36 people, including several children, were killed in Japan when landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima.  Video | Full Article 

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Inside Livestream. Location: Ferguson

An app from Brooklyn-based Livestream has become a real-time video tool for people on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri.  Video 

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Russia closes four McDonald's in Moscow

Russia's food safety watchdog temporarily shuts down four McDonald's in Moscow over sanitary violations. The closures come amid worsening U.S.-Russian ties over Ukraine. Linda So reports.