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James Foley
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Video Claims Journalist Beheading

A graphic video posted online on Tuesday purportedly shows an Islamist extremist beheading James Foley, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria more than 18 months ago. The American intelligence community is said to be determining its authenticity

Demonstrators march down West Florissant during a peaceful march in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown, near Ferguson, Missouri

Ferguson Probe Will Take Time

A U.S. Attorney told TIME that the investigation into the police shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown could take months

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Israel-Gaza Cease-Fire Collapses

Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas militants collapsed in heavy fighting that killed at least two Palestinians

Liberia says escaped Ebola patients returned to quarantine

Liberia President Declares Ebola Curfew

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced that the country, already under a state of emergency, would impose a quarantine of a major slum in the capital Monrovia as the death toll mounts from Ebola, restricting movements between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

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Perry Booked in Politically-Charged Abuse-of-Power Case

The Texas governor, who has vowed to contest the two felony charges stemming from a threat and ultimate veto of funding to the state’s public integrity unit, surrendered himself to Sheriff’s deputies to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken

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Your Twitter Favorite Button Just Got a Lot More Powerful

Twitter has updated its help document with information explaining why mysterious new tweets, in addition to sponsored tweets and ads, now show up in your timeline, in addition to the regular digest of tweets from Twitter accounts that you follow

Jordan Belfort Speaks At The Gold Coast Convention Centre

The Real Wolf of Wall Street Is Co-Writing a TV Show

Jordan Belfort, now a motivational speaker and author, is co-writing the show with Rush Hour director Brett Ratner and Australian billionaire James Packer based on what else but the excesses of Wall Street in the 1980s

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Exercise Makes Kids’ Brains More Efficient

For the first time, there’s evidence that being fit can improve the speed and connectivity of brain neurons. A new study found that children who are more fit have more white matter in their brains--a key factor for attention and memory

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Fast and furious rainfall in the Phoenix area left nearly 3,000 homes without power, stranded drivers and forced at least one airborne rescue. The normally arid state experienced up to two inches of rain in the span of an hour

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Ohio State QB Out for Entire 2014 Season

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, which happened in a non-contact drill at practice on Monday night while attempting to throw a pass seven yards

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Hacking Traffic Lights Is Apparently Really Easy

Security researchers in Michigan reveal vulnerabilities in crucial roadway infrastructure, which make traffic control systems vulnerable to a system-wide attack that would have been impossible in a pre-computerized era