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St. Louis Rams draft pick Michael Sam watches pregame festivities before the start of the South Dakota State-Missouri NCAA college football game on Saturday, in Columbia, Mo. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, was released by the St. Louis Rams Saturday.

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Rams cut Michael Sam, 1st openly gay player drafted

The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.

Smoke rises near a Syrian flag hoisted up a flagpole as a result of the fighting between Syrian rebels and the Syrian Army over the control of Quneitra crossing, on Saturday. The area is where  dozens of U.N. peacekeepers had been under siege by Nusra Front fighters.

UN peacekeepers rescued after being trapped by Syrian militants

Dozens of blue-helmeted Filipino soldiers were extracted after a firefight with militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

An Oct. 28, 1985 photo of John A. Walker Jr., being escorted by a federal marshal as he leaves the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., enroute to a federal court in Baltimore. He was ultimately sentenced to life in prison on espionage charges.

John Walker Jr., Cold War spy for Soviets, dies at 77

The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period.

Nicaraguan miners trapped after collapse

Four miners remain trapped after 22 others were rescued at a gold and silver mine near the south central city of Bonanza.

Chinese high-rise worker left dangling after annoyed boy cuts rope

The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker's rappelling apparatus.

Pentagon: Iraq operations cost $560 million so far

Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said the average daily cost of airstrikes and other operations has been $7.5 million since mid-June.

U.N.: Syrian refugee crisis is 'biggest humanitarian emergency of our era'

The number of refugees from the Syrian civil war is on the verge of surpassing 3 million, the United Nations said. Almost half of all Syrians have been forced out of their homes.

Britain raises terror threat level to severe

The change in the threat level came in response to developments in Iraq and Syria, though no threat was deemed imminent. Prime Minister David Cameron plans to introduce new legislation to combat terrorism.

Senegal confirms its 1st case of Ebola

A young man from Guinea has the first documented case of Ebola discovered in the West African nation.

Wyoming woman hit by bus, dies at Burning Man

A 29-year-old Wyoming woman attending the Burning Man counterculture festival in Nevada died early Thursday after she was struck by a bus.

Jihadists kill dozens of captured Syrian soldiers

The Islamic State group killed more than 160 Syrian government troops seized in recent fighting, posting pictures Thursday of terrified young conscripts.

Obama tamps down prospect of strikes in Syria

Obama said confronting the Islamic State militants requires a regional strategy with support from other countries in the region.

Russian tanks and troops roll into southeastern Ukraine

On Thursday, Ukrainian and NATO officials report that Russian troops and tanks have entered the country. More than 2,000 people have died since fighting broke out.

China warns US over surveillance flights

Beijing rejected U.S. claims that one of its warplanes made a reckless intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 and said if Washington wants good relations with China, it should end "close surveillance" flights.

Brooklyn man fights in Syria. Is he a threat to the U.S.?

Yemeni-American Ahmed al-Moflihi likely fought alongside a rebel group with ties to the U.S.-backed Free Syrian Army. But officials are investigating anyway: Fight in Syria, and you raise a red flag.

Final ruling issued against part of polygamy ban

A federal judge in Utah has issued a final ruling that strikes down parts of the state's anti-polygamy law in a lawsuit filed by the family that appears on the TV show "Sister Wives."