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Palin goes 0 for 2 in Alaska as clout disappears nationally

Sarah Palin has lost the magic. The defeat of her choice Tuesday in a Republican Senate primary in her home state of Alaska capped a primary season...

Republican gubernatorial candidate Sarah Palin, center, talks with Ermalee and Wally Hickel at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, Tuesday, August 22, 2006. (Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT)

Islamic State posts video of beheading of U.S. journalist, warns Obama to halt strikes

In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State posted a video Wednesday showing the beheading of an American...

Journalist James Foley, a 1996 Marquette graduate, speaks about his experiences as a captive in Libya during a speaking engagement at Marquette University Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Foley was kidnapped in Syria six weeks ago, his family reported Wednesday, January 2, 2013. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT)

Holder heads to Ferguson with options for federal shooting probe

Several options await the Justice Department inquiry that Attorney General Eric Holder will see firsthand Wednesday in embattled Ferguson, Mo., where...

A protester watches the confrontation between the police and demonstrators on W. Florissant in Ferguson, Mo. on Monday night, Aug. 18, 2014, next to the media area at Ferguson and W. Florissant. (J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT)

Immigration crisis at border afflicts heartland harvest

The heated tempers of the nation’s border states are driving the debate over immigration policy. States farther away from the U.S.-Mexico ...

Migrant peach farmers rush to their assigned bus to make the approximately fifty-hour trip home to Nayarit, Mexico. Five buses took hundreds of workers back to their homes all across Mexico after they worked the peach season at Titan Farms in Ridge Spring, S.C., September 10, 2010. (C. Aluka Berry - The State)

Rest of Iraq asks: where’s the U.S.?

As U.S. warplanes tilt the battlefield against Islamic militants in Kurdish-controlled territories, Iraqis in the rest of the country are growing...

Volunteers in the newly formed "Abbas Brigades" participate in a parade near the Imam Hussein shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Aug 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)

Reports: Islamic State massacres dozens who refuse to convert

Fighters in the Islamic State reportedly massacred dozens of Yazidi men who refused to convert to Islam in a northern Iraq village Friday, according...

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at a new camp outside the old camp of Bajid Kandala at Feeshkhabour town near the Syria-Iraq border, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a "Level 3 Emergency" — a decision that came after some 45,000 members of the Yazidi religious minority were able to escape from a remote desert mountaintop where they had been encircled by Islamic State fighters. The extremist group views them as apostates and had vowed to kill any who did not convert to Islam. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Sunni tribal leaders offer to battle Islamic State if Baghdad makes concessions

Leaders of Iraq’s Sunni Muslim tribes threatened Friday to rebel against the Islamic State, the first indication that a change of government...

Volunteers in the newly formed "Abbas Brigades" participate in a parade near the Imam Hussein shrine in the southern holy Shiite city of Karbala, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Aug 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed al-Husseini)

Sea change: Americans revising opinions on gays, poll finds

Americans are changing their minds about gays at a startling pace, driven by young people coming of age in a new era and by people of all ages increasingly...

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