Obama authorizes deployment of 350 more troops to Iraq

CBS News: President Obama has authorized the deployment of an additional 350 troops to protect U.S. facilities and personnel in Baghdad, the White House said Tuesday night.

The additional personnel, who will be deployed at the recommendation of the Department of Defense, will not be serving in a combat role.

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Photo: In this May 19, 2007, file photo, the new U.S. Embassy under construction is seen from across the Tigris River in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)

Islamic State claims to behead US journalist

BBC News: An Islamic State video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who disappeared in Syria in 2013.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. officials were checking the reports and urged
caution about the veracity of the video.

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UK to withdraw arrest warrant against Ashya King’s parents

ITV News: United Kingdom’s Crown Prosecution Service said Tuesday it will seek to withdraw the arrest warrant out for a British couple who took their 5-year-old son to Spain to get a new type of treatment for his brain tumor.

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FBI investigating alleged photo hack of Jennifer Lawrence, others

NBC NewsThe FBI and Apple announced Monday that they are investigating an apparent hacking of iCloud accounts that lead to photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female stars being posted online.

A spokesperson for Lawrence said the incident was “a flagrant violation of privacy” and that authorities were poised to prosecute anyone who posted the photos.

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Photo: Actress Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet of the 2014 Academy Awards. Jordan Strauss / AP

US judge blocks enforcement of Louisiana abortion law

AP: A federal judge temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing a new law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.

The law would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital near their clinic. The judge ruled that the law can still take effect but officials can’t penalize doctors or clinics for breaking it while it is being challenged.

St. Louis Rams release Michael Sam

ESPNThe St. Louis Rams released defensive end Michael Sam on Saturday, the team announced.

Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.

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Lesotho government claims military units attempted a coup

Al Jazeera: Military units in Lesotho surrounded government and police buildings while gunfire was heard in the small mountainous southern African kingdom in what appeared to be a coup attempt.

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UK terror threat raised to ‘severe’ over international crises

BBC NewsThe United Kingdom has raised its terrorism threat level to “severe” in response to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

The Home Secretary stressed, however, that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent.

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United Nations: Syria is biggest humanitarian emergency of our era with three million Syrians now refugees.

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Russia: Bank offers ‘free cat with every mortgage’

BBC News Monitoring: Russia’s largest bank is apparently loaning cats to clients who buy one of their mortgage products - as a sign of good luck.

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Obama: ‘We don’t have a strategy yet’ regarding Islamic State

NBC News: President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. doesn’t “have a strategy yet” on how to deal with the growing threat from the Islamic State in the Middle East.

Obama also announced that the Secretary of State John Kerry will soon travel to the Middle East to help build a coalition to respond to the militants. In the meantime, Obama indicated that US airstrikes in Syria were not imminent.

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Apple announces September event; product launch expected

TIME: Apple sent out invitations Thursday for an event at its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Sept. 9. The invitation simply said: ‘Wish we could say more.’

Unconfirmed but widely circulated reports indicate Apple will be launching a new version of the iPhone and also possibly an iWatch.

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married in France, spokesman says
AP: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends.
The couple’s children took part in the wedding. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says.
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married in France, spokesman says

APAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were married Saturday in Chateau Miraval, France, says a spokesman for the couple. Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends.

The couple’s children took part in the wedding. Jolie walked the aisle with her eldest sons Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne threw petals. Shiloh and Knox served as ring bearers, the spokesman says.

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'Cops' crew member killed filming police shooting in Omaha

KMTV Action 3 News: A crew member for the TV show “Cops” was killed while filming an officer-involved shooting in Omaha on Tuesday night, the show’s production company confirmed.

Bryce Dion, 38, was operating sound equipment when he was hit by an officer’s bullet as police opened fire on a robbery suspect, police said. A grand jury will be convened to investigate.

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Photo:A crime lab technician walks past bullet riddled windows at a Wendy’s restaurant in Omaha on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Police say a robbery suspect was killed by police Tuesday night and a crew member with the “Cops” television show was shot and later died. (Nati Harnik / Associated Press)

F-15 jet crashes in Virginia

WVECAn F-15 fighter jet crashed Wednesday in Augusta County, Virginia. The status of the pilot is unknown at this time.

The jet is from the Massachusetts Air National Guard. No injuries were reported on the ground.

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