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at 23:39 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Japanese speak about shock and sadness as video purportedly shows journalist hostage slaying

TOKYO - The news of a video purportedly showing the killing of Kenji Goto, a journalist held hostage by Islamic State militants, rushed through Japan early Sunday. Here are some voices and thoughts of ordinary people, Goto's family and officials in a nation that has long held pacific views and where many were not emotionally prepared to cope with the hostage crisis, especially one that involved a reporter known for his coverage of children and the poor:

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at 22:55 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Sheriff's investigators review video of fatal parking lot run-in involving 'Suge' Knight

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Sheriff's investigators Saturday were reviewing a video of an incident in which hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight hit two men with his pickup truck, killing one, that may help provide clarity on whether Knight was the victim or attacker in his most serious run-in with the law to date.

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at 22:54 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Japan condemns video purportedly showing Islamic State group beheading hostage Goto

TOKYO - Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.

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at 22:21 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Japan condemns online video purportedly showing Islamic State group beheading hostage Goto

TOKYO - Japan condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday an online video that purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

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at 20:41 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Rescuers say 2 injured climbers have been airlifted off Mount Hood

PORTLAND, Ore. - An Oregon National Guard helicopter has airlifted two climbers off Mount Hood after the two were injured in a fall, rescue officials said.

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at 19:43 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Pilots in helium-filled balloon land in Mexico after historic journey across Pacific Ocean

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an end Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records.

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at 16:32 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Islamic State fighters admit they lost Syrian town of Kobani, blame US-led airstrike campaign

BEIRUT - The Islamic State group has acknowledged for the first time that its fighters have been defeated in the Syrian town of Kobani and vowed to attack the town again.

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at 15:38 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Authorities: Traveler at New Jersey airport beats homeless man with chair, faces charges

NEWARK, N.J. - A traveller who remained at Newark Liberty International Airport after missing two flights faced numerous charges Saturday for allegedly beating a homeless man with a chair as the man was sleeping.

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at 15:28 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Trial ordered for Pennsylvania man in stepdaughter's alleged necrophilia killing

EASTON, Pa. - A defence attorney says he's considering a mental health defence for a Pennsylvania man charged with homicide and abuse of a corpse in the death of his stepdaughter.

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at 14:38 on January 31, 2015, EST.

President says Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants, blames Muslim Brotherhood

EL-ARISH, Egypt - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

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at 14:26 on January 31, 2015, EST.

African Union agrees to send multinational force of 7,500 to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - African leaders agreed to send 7,500 troops to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast Nigeria, an African Union official said Saturday, as the international community, including long-time foes the U.S. and Iran, rallied in support of Nigeria against the militants.

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at 14:18 on January 31, 2015, EST.

Officials say bombings in and around Baghdad kill 14 people

BAGHDAD - A series of bombings in and around the Iraqi capital killed 14 people Saturday and a senior Kurdish commander died in clashes with Islamic State militants in northern Iraq.

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