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Shelling in Donetsk rocks cease-fire in Ukraine

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is being tested, with intense fighting reported near the airport in Donetsk Saturday and Sunday. An NPR team in that city was forced to flee the shelling.

Islamic militants purportedly execute British aid worker David Haines

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State has released a video that purportedly shows the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

ISIS, ISIL or Islamic State: What's in a name?

The disparities in naming are partly because of translation difficulties, and partly a sign of a propaganda war.

Navy searches for pilot after F/A-18 jets crash into sea

The Navy says one pilot has been rescued and returned to the aircraft carrier the jets were assigned to. A search is on for the other pilot. The planes haven't been recovered.

Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide

Oscar Pistorius has been found guilty of culpable homicide and not murder in the death of his girlfriend. The judge ruled there was not enough evidence he knew it was his girlfriend behind a door when he fired.

Boehner: House GOP 'ready to work with the president'

The House speaker said Congress "ought to give the president what he's asking for," but also expressed skepticism that the White House plan doesn't go far enough.

Remembering 9/11: Names of thousands read at commemoration

The nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack. Family and friends of those who died read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, at the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Oscar Pistorius can't be found guilty of murder, judge says

The world-famous double-amputee athlete has acknowledged shooting and killing his girlfriend, saying he mistook her for an intruder. He could still be sent to jail if convicted of culpable homicide.

Putin: Russia to upgrade nuclear forces in response to West

The Russian president said the West staged the crisis in Ukraine to "resuscitate" the NATO alliance. He also said Russia has begun developing new nuclear weapons.

Britain's David Cameron pleads with Scots to stay in UK

The prime minister says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the union in a Sept. 18 referendum.

Ukrainian president offers limited autonomy for rebellious region

Petro Poroshenko is offering a bill to grant special status to parts of the country's restive east, but he reiterates that there will be no concession on sovereignty.

Government to drop background check firm USIS after cyberattack

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor that conducts most of the government's background checks, was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

One month later: Michael Brown's family calls for arrest

The family held a news conference in Ferguson, Mo., where Officer Darren Wilson had a fatal confrontation with the unarmed Brown, 18, one month ago today.

Legal pension spiking costs $800 million

Thousands of public workers' retirement checks will grow with legal pension spiking that will cost the state nearly $800 million over two decades.

Veterans watchdog: VA managers lied about delays

At more than a dozen Veteran Affairs medical facilities, managers lied to federal investigators about scheduling practices and other issues.

Flight 17 likely downed by 'high-energy objects,' report says

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was likely struck by multiple "high-energy objects from outside the aircraft," causing it to break up over eastern Ukraine, a preliminary report into the deadly aviation disaster concluded Tuesday.