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Journalist held captive in Syria arrives in US
BOSTON (AP) -- Journalist Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the United States on Tuesday, two days after being freed by a Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months, his family said.... 8/27/2014 1:25 AM

Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all shared one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist."... 8/27/2014 4:50 AM

APNewsBreak: Jindal suing feds over Common Core
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.... 8/27/2014 6:19 AM

In wake of Ferguson, police try to build trust
DALLAS (AP) -- In the aftermath of the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, some police departments are renewing efforts to reach out to black communities to build trust - holding public meetings, fielding questions and letting people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods.... 8/27/2014 1:45 AM

Crist makes Florida comeback bid as 4 states vote
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- If there were any doubts that former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist would be accepted by Florida Democrats, they were cast aside as he overwhelmingly earned the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott on a day when four states chose candidates for statewide office.... 8/27/2014 4:34 AM

Hackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.... 8/27/2014 4:15 AM

AP source: American militant said killed in Syria
NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) -- An American man believed to have been killed in Syria was there to fight alongside an extremist militant group, most likely the Islamic State, a U.S. official has said.... 8/27/2014 3:16 AM

Authorities: Man who shot 7 is 'serial killer'
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A man who authorities are now calling a serial killer opened fire on Los Angeles-area streets for five straight days until he was finally arrested, police said.... 8/27/2014 2:29 AM

Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans
CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.... 8/26/2014 9:52 PM

Quake is major test for hard-luck California city
VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) -- The historic blue-collar town of Vallejo is a short distance but a far cry from the touristy Napa Valley vineyards and quaint towns. So when Sunday's earthquake struck, the damage to the wine industry took center stage and the rubble in Vallejo got scant attention.... 8/27/2014 6:00 AM