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Islamic State issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

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DUBAI - The Islamic State militant group released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of a second American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes in Iraq. | Video

World, U.S. 12:30am EDT

PG&E faces record fines over deadly California pipeline blast

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SAN FRANCISCO - The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday levied penalties of a record $1.4 billion on Pacific Gas and Electric Co, stemming from the deadly 2010 San Bruno natural gas pipeline rupture and fire near San Francisco.

Tue, Sep 2 2014

Fukushima workers sue Tepco over unpaid wages, reliance on contractors

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IWAKI Japan - A group of Fukushima workers on Wednesday sued Tokyo Electric for unpaid wages in a potentially precedent-setting legal challenge to the utility and its reliance on contractors to shut down a nuclear plant destroyed by the industry's worst accident since Chernobyl.

Ukraine rebels say they are poised to recapture Donetsk airport

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BRUSSELS/DONETSK Ukraine - EU officials proposed sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russian firms of cash as punishment for Moscow's role in Ukraine, where rebels said they were storming Donetsk airport, potentially their biggest prize since turning the war's tide last week.

World, Russia, United Nations 02 Sep 2014

Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in U.S. court

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DETROIT - Detroit will not recover, and it may not survive as a major city if its debts are not significantly reduced during bankruptcy, a city attorney told a federal judge at the start of a critical phase of the case on Tuesday.

02 Sep 2014

HK activists say Beijing 'brutally strangled' democracy, vow action

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HONG KONG - A pro-democracy movement that has threatened to blockade Hong Kong's financial district has said Beijing "brutally strangled" its fight for full democracy and vowed to take action.

02 Sep 2014

Celebrity hacking clouds Apple's upcoming product launch

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SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc has often displayed uncanny timing, with its well-orchestrated end-of-year iPhone releases. But the leak of racy celebrity photos in the past few days put the company in the unusual position of having to mend its image just days before a highly anticipated Sept. 9 product launch.

Tech, Entertainment, Media 02 Sep 2014

West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount

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MONROVIA - The United Nations said on Tuesday the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa was causing food shortages in one of the world's poorest regions and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the disease was threatening the stability of stricken countries and their neighbors. | Video

Congo, Health, Africa 02 Sep 2014

Syrian forces escalate assault on rebel-held Damascus district

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BEIRUT - Syrian forces carried out their fiercest assault on the rebel stronghold of Jobar in Damascus since the start of the three-year war, conducting at least 27 air strikes on Tuesday and killing a child, according to activists and rights groups. | Video

World, Syria 02 Sep 2014

Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered an increase of about 350 troops in Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital and is sending top officials to the Middle East to "build a stronger regional partnership" against Islamic State militants, the White House said on Tuesday.

Politics, Iraq, World, U.S. 02 Sep 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.