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The family of a U.S. journalist beheaded by Islamic militants last month said members of the Obama administration told them that they would be prosecuted if they paid a ransom for their son.

ABC News reported Friday on the allegations from the family of James Foley, whose killing last month by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was recorded and distributed in an online video. The family said the threats had been made by a member of President Barack Obama's National Security Council. The person was left unnamed in the ABC News report at the request of the administration.

"Three times he intimidated us with that message. We were horrified he would say that," Diane Foley, Foley's mother, told ABC News. "He just told us we would be prosecuted. We knew we had to save our son, we had to try."

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Officials at the Ohio prison where a school shooter escaped on Thursday night were allegedly aware of an escape plot in advance, according to the Associated Press.

Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, the union for prison guards in the state, is saying that officials at the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Facility, where convicted killer T.J. Lane is serving a life sentence, discovered a escape plot in the days before the escape. They had put one inmate -- who was housed in the same unit as Lane and the other escapees -- in segregation Wednesday after the plot was uncovered, the AP reported.

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Amid the chaos in the Kansas Senate race, two of the key players are now giving very different accounts of what happened on the day that the Democratic nominee attempted to withdraw from the campaign.

Democratic nominee Chad Taylor is suing Secretary of State Kris Kobach for refusing to take his name off the November ballot after Taylor submitted paperwork stating he would drop out of the race. In an affidavit filed with the lawsuit, Taylor said that he had consulted with one of Kobach's subordinates, Brad Bryant, when he filed the paperwork on Sept. 3. He said he showed Bryant the letter he had written to withdraw and asked if it contained all the information necessary to remove Taylor's name from the ballot. Bryant responded, "Yes," according to Taylor.

Now Kobach's office has released an affidavit from Bryant that offers his version of what happened.

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