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British hostage in new video...Few new Marine guards...Hottest August ever

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 18, 2014 at 12:01 p.m.



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BEIRUT (AP) — A British journalist is seen in a new video from the Islamic State group, which has already beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker. The group has threatened to kill a second British hostage. In the video, John Cantlie says he is a prisoner of the extremists. The British government isn't commenting.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has made limited progress in boosting the number of Marine security guards at high-threat diplomatic posts around the world. That's according to a report from an internal watchdog. Increasing the number of Marine Guard units at high-risk posts was a key recommendation of reviews conducted after the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. But the report from the State Department's inspector general says the agency has thus far made only "modest contributions" to that end.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Officials in the African country of Sierra Leone are taking drastic measures to try to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. For the next three days, the country's six million people will be confined to their homes. Volunteers will search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding, and they'll also hand out soap. Ebola is estimated to have killed more than 2,600 in West Africa. But the World Health Organization has said there are probably many more people with Ebola -- and that they are at home, infecting others, when they should be in treatment centers.

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's growing tired of the legislative committee investigating politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. Christie today blasted the committee for leaking documents to the media. He accused its members of being more interested in getting their names in the newspapers and on television, and he urged them to finish up their work. The committee is investigating who among Christie's aides ordered the lanes closed, apparently in a bid to punish local politicians.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal meteorologists have calculated that more heat records were set around the globe last month. And overall, it was Earth's hottest August. May and June also set global heat records this year. August was especially hot in the Pacific and Indian oceans and Africa, but cooler in parts of the United States, Europe and Australia.

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