'Jihadi John' killer from Islamic State beheading videos unmasked as Londoner

LONDON/WASHINGTON - The masked "Jihadi John" killer who fronted Islamic State beheading videos has been identified as Mohammed Emwazi, a British computer programming graduate from a well-to-do London family who was known to the security services.

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White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.

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U.S. Internet providers hit with tougher rules, plan challenges

WASHINGTON - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation. | Video

Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

HOUSTON - The United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters.

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Driver of truck hit by California train released from custody

VENTURA, Calif. - A driver who was taken into custody after his truck was hit by a Southern California commuter train in a fiery wreck that injured 50 people was released on Thursday after prosecutors declined to file criminal charges, inmate records showed.

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Air strikes hit Islamic State in Syria after Christians abducted

BEIRUT - A U.S.-led alliance launched air strikes against Islamic State on Thursday in an area of northeast Syria where the militants are now estimated to have abducted at least 220 Assyrian Christians this week, a group monitoring the war reported. | Video

World, Syria 26 Feb 2015

Accused Boston bomber's lawyers challenge jury-selection process

BOSTON - Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber filed on Thursday a last-gasp request to dismiss the charges against their client or delay the start of the trial next week, contending that court officials had violated their own rules during jury selection.


As address to U.S. Congress nears, Netanyahu treads a thinning line

JERUSALEM - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted an invitation to address the U.S. Congress two weeks before an Israeli election, there appeared to be little downside. As the appointment draws near, the potential pitfalls are growing.