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U.S. Reveals Failed Special Forces Mission To Rescue Hostages

The Obama administration's admission comes on the heels of the release of a video by the militant group known as the Islamic State, which depicts the killing of American journalist James Foley.

Macy's To Pay $650,000 In Settlement Over Alleged Racial Profiling

The agreement follows a similar deal earlier this month with Barneys. Customers of both department stores said they had been targeted as suspects of theft because of their race.

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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.

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Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile

Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.

SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training. But it still faces criticism.

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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.

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EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.

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Parsing The Rulebook To A Police Officer's Use Of Force

More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?

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Spiderman, Batman And Elmo Team Up To Fight Times Square Restrictions

Times Square performers, who often don characters' costumes, have been a New York City staple for years, exchanging photos for tips. Lately, though, city officials have said tipping the performers is optional, and the city council is pushing for all performers to be licensed. The performers have responded with an announcement that they're organizing for collective action.

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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.

Making Do In A Makeshift Economy

August 21, 2014
Jen Joyce, a community manager for the Uber rideshare service, works on a laptop before a meeting of the Seattle City Council, Monday, March 17, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle. (AP)

We’ll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.

The Bloody Extremities Of ISIS

August 21, 2014
In this November 2012, file photo, posted on the website freejamesfoley.org, shows American journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. In a horrifying act of revenge for U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, militants with the Islamic State extremist group have beheaded Foley — and are threatening to kill another hostage, U.S. officials say. (AP)

An American is beheaded. We’ll look at the ferocity of ISIS, and what to do about it.

‘If They Don’t Win It’s A Shame:’ What’s Happened To Youth Baseball?

August 20, 2014
ESPN has broadcast the Little League World Series since 1987. (Matt Slocum/AP)

With the Little League World Series championship this Sunday, Bill Littlefield reflects on “America’s Pastime,” which each year seems to become less and less of a pastime for young ballplayers.

Reflecting On The Life Of Executed New Hampshire Journalist Jim Foley

August 20, 2014
A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of freelance journalist James Foley. (Jim Cole/AP)

The U.S. government confirmed Wednesday that Foley was beheaded by militants in Syria.

James Foley’s Parents: He Died A Hero

August 20, 2014
Diane and John Foley talk to reporters Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, New Hampshire. (Jim Cole/AP)

Diane and John Foley addressed the media outside their Rochester, New Hampshire, home on Wednesday. It was an appearance where wrenching grief over their son’s death mingled with shaking laughter over his life.

Bumper U.S. Corn Yield Could Top Records

August 20, 2014
Shoulder-high stalks are seen in a corn field July 5, 2006 in Prairie View, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Bryce Knorr of Farm Futures magazine says consumers can expect to see prices drop at the gas pump, but not at the grocery store.

Holder Arrives In Ferguson After Police Shooting

August 20, 2014
Attorney General Eric Holder talks with Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant Wednesday in Missouri. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Pool)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who was in Missouri to meet with law enforcement officers and federal investigators, made his first stop Wednesday at the Florissant campus of St. Louis Community College.

Modern-Day Dust Bowl Isn’t Easy, But It Beats The 1930s

August 20, 2014
Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. (Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media)

It’s been drier on the American prairie than it was during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, but many farmers are surviving.

Macy’s To Pay $650,000 In Racial Profiling Investigation

August 20, 2014
Macy's flagship store on West 34th Street in midtown Manhattan in this view from the Empire State Building February 14, 2014 in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

The chain will also bring in an independent monitor, and institute new policies aimed at reducing racial profiling at its New York stores.

A Look At How Obama Has Navigated Racial Tensions

August 20, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a press briefing at the Edgartown School on August 14, 2014 in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The president, vacationing on the island, spoke about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri and Iraq. (Rick Friedman/Getty Images)

As calls grow for the president to visit Ferguson, Peter O’Dowd reports it’s the latest step in a long journey navigating racial tensions.

James Foley Remembered For His ‘Extraordinary Courage’

August 20, 2014
American freelance journalist James Foley is pictured in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. (Nicole Tung/freejamesfoley.org via AP)

U.S. officials have confirmed the authenticity of a video showing the beheading of the American journalist.

Obama: World ‘Appalled’ By Killing Of James Foley

August 20, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press on the death of American journalist James Foley, on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, August 20, 2014. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking from Martha’s Vineyard, the president commented on the video showing the killing of journalist James Foley by ISIS militants.

L.A. Moves To Arrest Fewer Misbehaving Students

August 20, 2014
Steve Zipperman, chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department, announces the new school discipline initiatives, Aug. 19, 2014. (Los Angeles School Police Department/Facebook)

The change in the school district’s policy is the culmination of a long fight by judges, government officials, advocates and attorneys.

Philly Has Taney Dragons Fever

August 20, 2014
Pennsylvania's Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

The team is out to win the Little League Championship and in the process, they’ve captured the heart of their home city of Philadelphia.

Senate Tracker: A Tough Fight In Kentucky

August 20, 2014
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, left, and his challenger, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s secretary of state, is trying to unseat longtime U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell.

Historian: Ferguson Exposes Need For New Leadership

August 20, 2014
Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight's protest was peaceful. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Peniel Joseph says the difference between today and the civil rights movement in the 1960s is that there are no unifying leaders.

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