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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday condemned as a "barbaric murder" the slaying of British aid worker David Haines by Islamic State extremists.

Haines was abducted last year in Syria, and extremists released a video on Saturday showing his beheading.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria — a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe — poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said this week that technological advances could lead to an "Orwellian world."

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sotomayor told a crowd Thursday at Oklahoma City University that technology was already able to “listen to your conversations from miles away and through your walls."

“We are in that brave new world," she said, "and we are capable of being in that Orwellian world, too.”

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BLOOMING GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Two troopers were ambushed outside a state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania during a late-night shift change, leaving one dead and another injured, and authorities scoured the densely wooded countryside and beyond on Saturday looking for the shooter or shooters.

One trooper was leaving the barracks in Blooming Grove, Pike County, and another was arriving when shots were fired at 10:50 p.m. Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.

He identified the dead lawman as Cpl. Bryon Dickson and said Trooper Alex Douglass was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks released an open letter of apology to fans and city of Atlanta on Saturday, saying the organization "did not do the right thing" to correct racially inflammatory words and innuendos "over a period of years."

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Hillary Clinton will be in Iowa on Sunday, and the national press is dispensing with the formalities: She is running for president. No if's, and's or deeply personal decisions about it.

"Let’s just get this out of the way now: She’s running," BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith wrote Friday in a preview of sorts for Clinton's appearance Sunday at Sen. Tom Harkin's 37th steak fry in Indianola, Iowa.

Amy Chozick of the New York Times wrote a detailed piece on Friday, a thorough reading of the proverbial tea leaves. Some were superficial -- Hillary is taking yoga (to prepare for the physical rigors of a campaign) -- while others were substantive. She has been asking Wall Street types what they think of President Obama's fiscal policies and inquiring about the best people to know in Iowa.

“It’s very obvious what’s she going to do,” Sue Dvorsky, a former chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party, told Chozick. “Clearly she’s going to run.”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't have many friends right now as his league is consumed by its players' off-field scandals. He's been accused of lying about what he knew and when about suspended running back Ray Rice hitting his now-wife and an independent investigation is underway.

But he still has at least one ally in league circles: Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

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