Officials: U.S. rescue mission in Syria failed

James Foley's parents recall son's 'big heart'President Barack Obama sent U.S. troops to Syria earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held by a violent extremist group, including slain journalist James Foley, but did not find the hostages, senior Obama administration officials said Wednesday.

US attempted rescue of hostages including reporter

US freelance reporter James Foley (L), pictured on the highway between the airport and the West Gate of Sirte, in Libya, on September 29, 2011US forces tried but failed to rescue reporter James Foley and other US hostages held in Syria by the so-called Islamic State (IS), officials and reports said. The Pentagon and the White House did not say if the covert mission was to rescue Foley, who was kidnapped in northern Syria in November 2012. The video of Foley's killing also showed a second US reporter, Steven Sotloff, being paraded by a black-clad IS militant who warned that he would also be killed if US President Barack Obama does not stop air strikes on IS positions in Iraq.

3 Ferguson area schools practice at Rams facility

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Courtland Griffin has attempted to keep the lives of his McCluer North football players as normal as possible despite the upheaval in their community — Ferguson, Missouri.
Van Garderen strikes for lead in Pro Challenge cycle race

Tejay van Garderen celebrates after crossing the finish line to win stage three of the USA Pro Challenge cycling race in Monarch, Colorado on August 20, 2014Tejay Van Garderen attacked in the final kilometer of the Monarch Mountain summit finish to seize the third stage and overall lead at the USA Pro Challenge cycle race. The American BMC rider pulled away from the lead group Wednesday, taking Tour de France rival Rafal Majka with him. Romania's Serghei Tvetcov was third, enough to move him into fifth overall. Garmin Sharp rider Tom Danielson tried to push the pace before American compatriot Matthew Busche (Trek Factory) launched an attack that was reeled in.

Thai army ruler expected to become new premier

BANGKOK (AP) — Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is poised to step out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.

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