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Official: Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

Posted: 08/21/2014 - A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million -- or 100 million Euros-- in ransom for his release.

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US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

Posted: 08/21/2014 - U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

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Vandals kill students' pheasants

Updated: 08/21/2014 - Richland High School says vandals killed 39 young pheasants that were part of a student project and freed dozens of others.

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US diplomats barred from ice bucket challenge

Posted: 08/21/2014 - The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don't look for any more U.S. diplomats getting in on the fun.

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Restaurant won't pass higher wage to workers

Posted: 08/21/2014 - A St. Paul restaurant chain that dipped into employee tips to offset a higher state minimum wage is backing away from that practice after it was roundly criticized.

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Doctor: No health risk from 2 US Ebola patients

Updated: 08/21/2014 - A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.

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2 companies settle with Wisconsin in scam lawsuit

Updated: 08/21/2014 - Two out-of-state companies have agreed to pay $50,000 to consumers and Wisconsin after the state sued them for scamming people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and airline tickets.

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Grant to help prevent local teen dating violence

Posted: 08/20/2014 - A nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence is launching a new program to prevent teenage dating violence. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is receiving a $30,000 grant from Verizon wireless.

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CEO: Kidnappers threatened Foley's life last week

Posted: 08/20/2014 - The chief executive officer of a Boston-based media company says James Foley's kidnappers last week threatened to kill him in response to U.S. bombings in Iraq.

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