President Obama leaves after making a statement Wednesday about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria. The president said the U.S. would continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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U.S. Forces Tried To Rescue Foley, Other Hostages In Syria

The mission earlier this summer, based on intelligence from released hostages, "was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location," the Pentagon reported.

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An Officer Shot A Black Teen And St. Louis Rioted. In 1962.

As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amidst continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.

Palestinian emergency personnel dig through the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli military strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Thursday. Hamas announced that three of its senior military commanders were killed in a predawn Israeli air strike. Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hamas Says Airstrike Killed Three Senior Commanders

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanks the Shin Bet, the country's domestic security service, for intelligence that set up Thursday's attack.

Author Junot Diaz says the publishing industry must have uncomfortable conversations about diversity. The alternative, he believes, is "utter, agonizing silence." Rick Reinhard/Flickr hide caption

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

Elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores. And the fermentation happening in their gut as they break down cellulose helps remove the bitterness in the coffee beans. Michael Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. It starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.

Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off 2013 winners (with placards, left to right): Scott Rob (92.10 pounds), Keevan Dinkel (92.30 pounds) and Brian Shunskis (77.40 pounds). The growers are joined by the cabbage fairies, a group of women who for 15 years have volunteered at the cabbage competition. Clark James Mishler/Courtesy of Alaska State Fair hide caption

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Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

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