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  1. Video: NASA captures beautiful solar flare


    NASA reported the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare on Aug. 24. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured the images of the flare, which erupted on the left side of the sun.

  2. Watch for a new Everglades-themed quarter in November


    A new Florida quarter featuring the Everglades is scheduled to be released in November.

  3. No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Michael Brown killing


    ST. LOUIS — Lamont Jones and Keith Stephens stood 60 feet from each other, separated by four lanes of pavement and a thousand miles of perception.

    Keith Stephens stands at a rally in support of policeman Darren Wilson, in St. Louis. Wilson is the white officer who shot unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Like many Americans, Stephens has formed strong opinions about the case. (AP Photo/Jesse Washington)
  4. U.S., Shiite militias break siege of Iraqi town by ISIS


    BAGHDAD — With U.S. bombs raining down from the sky, Shiite militia fighters aligned with Iran battled Sunni extremists during the weekend, punching through their defenses to break the weeks­long siege of the town of Amirli, a farming area whose Shiite residents faced possible slaughter.

    Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen chant anti-terrorism slogans after breaking the siege on 15,000 Shiite Turkmens stranded in the farming community town of Amirli, following U.S. airstrikes against Sunni Islamic State group positions, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. The Islamic State extremist group has seized cities, towns and vast tracts of land in northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq. It views Shiites as apostates and has carried out a number of massacres and beheadings — often posting grisly videos and photos of the atrocities online. [Associated Press]
  5. Putin urges 'statehood' talks for eastern Ukraine


    MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Ukraine on Sunday to begin talks on "the statehood" of that country's rebellious southeast, a vague and provocative turn of phrase he used while demanding the Ukrainian government negotiate directly with pro-Russian separatists.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine must hold talks with pro-Russia separatists.