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Despite dangers, U.S. journalist Sotloff was determined to record Arab Spring's human toll

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WASHINGTON - Even for a freelance journalist covering the tumult in the Arab world, Steven Sotloff's travels seemed nonstop.

Appeals court grills U.S. lawyer on NSA phone collection

NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday grilled an Obama administration lawyer about the legality of the continuing collection of millions of Americans' phone records, adding fuel to a debate that has raged since the spy program was revealed more than a year ago.

Politics, 4:47pm EDT

Key hearing on Detroit's historic bankruptcy begins in US court

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.

7:54pm EDT

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

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 on its insurgents in Iraq. | Video

World, 9:47pm EDT

Texas voter ID trial opens in U.S. court

- A U.S. court in Texas heard arguments on Tuesday in a case over a law requiring voters to present photo identification, a move the state's Republican leaders say will prevent fraud while plaintiffs call it an attempt at suppressing minority turnout.

Politics 2:29pm EDT

Opponents of high-speed rail project petition California Supreme Court

- Opponents of California's controversial $68 billion high-speed rail project petitioned the California Supreme Court on Tuesday, arguing a court of appeals decision ignored the financial protections of voters.

9:52pm EDT

Girl who fatally shot Arizona gun instructor said weapon was too powerful

PHOENIX - A 9-year-old girl who fatally shot a gun range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun last week told her mother immediately afterward that the weapon was too much for her to handle and had hurt her shoulder, a sheriff's report released on Tuesday said.

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Last call at Atlantic City's Revel: a few bettors, $5 bottles, state cops

ATLANTIC CITY N.J. - Shortly before sunrise on Tuesday, Morgan Capezzera reclined on the roulette table at the Revel Casino in her bikini and snapped a selfie before the Atlantic City gambling hall shut its doors for good.

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Three killed, two injured in Kansas City shooting

KANSAS CITY Mo. - Three people were killed and two more critically injured in a shooting spree in a south Kansas City neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

8:35pm EDT

North Carolina brothers declared innocent, freed after 30 years in prison

RALEIGH N.C. - Two North Carolina men were declared innocent and ordered freed on Tuesday after spending more than 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl that recent DNA tests linked to another man.

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