A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated second video posted on a social media website. REUTERS/SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE VIA REUTERS TV

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U.S. condemns apparent beheading of US hostage

The U.S. State Department says it is "sickened" by a video that purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, adding that the intelligence community is working to authenticate the video. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).