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US mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday.

News Guide: Democrats top GOP campaign committees

Party-controlled campaign committees and outside groups faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:

Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents

A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious.

Embattled Sen. Begich's secret weapon: Alaska

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama. But Tuesday's primary produced a GOP nominee with a military record that could hold broad appeal in a state with a high population of veterans.

GOP's Senate candidate: Alaska is my home, too

The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan as an outsider in a state where relationships and roots matter.

McConnell, Grimes spar at Kentucky farm forum

Kentucky's U.S. Senate candidates had a hard time talking about farming without slinging mud.

APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US

Bank of America has reached a record settlement of nearly $17 billion to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials directly familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

Beheading spurs new attacks on Islamic militants

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage.

Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B

How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much.

DNC beats RNC in July fundraising

The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday.

Holder discusses police mistrust outside Ferguson

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told members of the Ferguson community that as a black man he understands why many African-Americans mistrust the police.

US offers new bounties for Haqqani network members

The Obama administration is offering new rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the location four top members of the Pakistan-based extremist Haqqani (hah-KAH'-nee) network and is boosting an existing $5 million reward for the group's leader to $10 million.

US Muslim groups condemn Islamic State

A growing number of Muslim groups are condemning the videotaped beheading of an American journalist in Syria by the extremist group Islamic State.

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

EEOC files lawsuit against Food Lion over firing

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a discrimination lawsuit against supermarket chain Food Lion, saying it fired a Jehovah's Witness who requested certain days off for his religion.

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