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A playground is seen in London, outside an address where Kuwaiti-born London computer programmer Mohammed Emwazi is believed to have lived. Emwazi has been identified as masked ISIS militant "Jihadi John."

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The past of 'Jihadi John': Early run-ins and radicalization

There are two narratives about Mohammed Emwazi's past that attempt to explain how he went from a well-to-do background to being internationally notorious.

President Barack Obama participates in a "My Brother's Keeper" StoryCorps interview with Noah McQueen in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Feb. 20.

Obama to ambitious teen: 'You have this strength inside yourself'


The president interviews 18-year-old, Noah McQueen, who's participating in a White House mentoring program for young men of color. "It's hard to always make the right decision," McQueen tells Obama.

Lllama chase

TV covers 2 llamas running loose in Phoenix area, Twitter explodes

Television footage showed a large, white llama and a smaller, black llama darting through the streets of Sun City during the lunch hour. The spectacle exploded on social media.

Please don't let an earthquake hit when I'm in the shower

Kathmandu is ranked number one for the risk a major earthquake poses to its residents. The "Earthquake Lady" tries to ensure that everyone is prepared.

Marijuana is now legal in Alaska, the 3rd US state with legal pot

The new law means people over age 21 can consume small amounts of pot — if they can find it. It's still illegal to sell marijuana in Alaska.

19 stuck manatees rescued from Florida storm drain

It's believed the manatees, in search of warm water after a recent cold snap, swam into a large drainage pipe near Cape Canaveral but were unable to get out.

Head of UN climate change panel resigns amid harassment allegations

Rajendra K. Pachauri's departure from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a big embarrassment for the group, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Iran nuclear talks report progress, criticism remains

U.S. and Iranian negotiators wrapped up nuclear talks, with an American official saying, "We made some progress," but adding, "there's still a long way to go."

Bomb blast kills 2 at pro-Kiev rally in Eastern Ukraine

The explosion, at the demonstration marking the one-year anniversary of the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, occurred in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

Homeland security chief: Threat to US malls 'a new phase' for terrorists

Jeh Johnson, speaking on CNN's "State of the Union," said he is taking seriously a video put out by the Somali-based al-Shabab group calling on followers to attack Western shopping malls.

Turkish operation rescues soldiers guarding tomb in Syria

The raid evacuated some 40 Turkish soldiers stationed near Aleppo at the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

YouTube is expected to unveil new app just for kids

The new app, called YouTube Kids, is due to be released Monday. It will offer original episodes of popular shows such as Sesame Street.

Snowden leak: NSA helped British steal cell phone codes

The targeted company makes "subscriber identity modules," or SIM cards, used in mobile phones and credit cards. Its clients reportedly include AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint.

Memoirs of photojournalist abducted in Libya

Lynsey Addario's new memoir details her captivity in Libya as well as her childhood memories of her father coming out as gay. She had both fact-checked.

LA's counter-extremism efforts highlighted at CVE summit

In the wake of deadly attacks in Copenhagen and Paris perpetrated by homegrown terrorists, White House summit focuses on community outreach to prevent extremism.

Afghan first lady steps into the spotlight

In a country where women are seen but not often heard, Rula Ghani intends to play a prominent role. She hopes to help the country's most vulnerable people.