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A militant group that has terrorized areas under its control in Syria and Iraq released a video Tuesday that purportedly showed the execution of James Foley, an American photojournalist who has been missing since 2012.

Zaid Benjamin, a D.C. reporter for Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language news outlet, reported that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria said the video was "a message to U.S. to end its intervention in Iraq." The video first appeared on YouTube, but has since been removed.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Saying "no person is above the law, nor beneath its protection," a New York prosecutor announced Tuesday that he would ask a grand jury to consider charges in the death of a black man placed in an apparent chokehold by a white police officer.

Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan said an extra grand jury was being assembled next month specifically to hear evidence in the July 17 death of Eric Garner.

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Police at a school district in Compton, Calif. will be allowed to tote something a little more high powered on campuses this fall: AR-15s.

Public radio station KPCC reported on Monday, the day classes began in the district, that local residents were concerned about the increase in firepower by the police. The measure was passed by the school board in July and will require officers to go through a process to buy the semi-automatic rifles, which will then be carried in their cars while on duty, the station reported.

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