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Obama sends Congress request for military force against Islamic State militants

President Obama asked Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State forces without large-scale U.S. ground operations.

NBC suspends Brian Williams for 6 months without pay

NBC says it is suspending Brian Williams as "Nightly News" anchor and managing editor for six months without pay for misleading the public about his experiences covering the Iraq War.

Israel's Netanyahu is 'Determined to speak before Congress'

The Israeli prime minister said his country had a "profound disagreement" with the White House on nuclear talks with Iran, and it was his duty to speak up on an issue that affects Israel's survival.

Newsweek Twitter feed briefly hacked

Several posts to Newsweek's Twitter feed referenced Cyber Caliphate, a hacker group affiliated with the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the hacking.

Family confirms US hostage Kayla Mueller dead

In a statement, her family said they had received information the 26-year-old was dead. Mueller was a hostage of the self-described Islamic State when she died.

Defense in theater shooting case wants jail video barred

Defense attorneys in the Colorado theater shooting case say a video of James Holmes should be barred from evidence because prosecutors gave it to them late.

Civil rights attorneys sue Ferguson over 'debtors prisons'

An advanced look at a civil rights lawsuit that claims Ferguson, Mo., residents who can't afford to pay their court fines are illegally held in jail.

Alabama courts issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Alabama became the 37th state to recognize same-sex marriage Monday, despite its chief justice saying that probate courts should not follow federal rulings on the issue.

More than 2 dozen killed in riot at Egyptian soccer match

A riot outside of a major soccer match broke out in Egypt Sunday night. Authorities said the stampede and fighting between fans and police killed at least 25 people.

Leaders plan for new Minsk summit on Ukraine

A revival of peace talks in the capital of Belarus is aimed at resuscitating a widely violated truce agreed there in September.

Al-Jazeera English journalists to get retrial in Egypt

The announcement of a retrial comes days after the journalists' colleague, Australian Peter Greste, was suddenly released and deported.

NBC's Brian Williams to temporarily step away from anchor desk

The anchor, who apologized for misremembering that a helicopter he was traveling during the 2003 invasion of Iraq had been fired on, said he would return to hosting the Nightly News "in a few days."

UAE to resume anti-ISIS airstrikes 'in solidarity with Jordan'

The United Arab Emirates had suspended sorties against the self-declared Islamic State over concerns that its pilots wouldn't be rescued if shot down.

China seizes toilet paper featuring likeness of Hong Kong leader

The approximately 8,000 rolls, with images of the territory's unpopular Beijing-appointed chief executive, were confiscated from a factory on the mainland.

Merkel hopes to dissuade Obama from arming Ukraine

The German chancellor and her French counterpart, Francois Hollande, want to keep Washington from arming the rebels as part of a peace deal they are trying to forge.

Family of U.S. hostage held by ISIS hopeful she is alive

Kayla Jean Mueller's parents released a statement late Friday. Jordan called ISIS's claim "criminal propaganda;" U.S. officials say they can't confirm her death.