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PARIS (AP) — An extremist group in Algeria has followed through on its threat to kill a French hostage unless the French dropped out of the airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. According to a video that appeared online today, the group decapitated the Frenchman, Herve Gourdel. French President Francois Hollande, in New York for the U.N. General Assembly session, said France "will continue to fight terrorism everywhere."

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty for a Georgia man whose toddler son died after he was left in a hot vehicle. Justin Harris faces multiple charges, including malice murder, felony murder and cruelty to children. The malice murder charge indicates prosecutors intend to prove Harris intentionally left his 22-month-old son Cooper to die in the hot car.

CANADENSIS, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police say officers believe they've spotted the suspect accused in the fatal ambush of a trooper, but it was from a distance and he eluded them. They say officers saw a man they believe to be Eric Frein (freen) as recently as yesterday. It's the first time authorities have reported possibly laying eyes on the suspect. Police are hunting for him in the northeastern Pennsylvania woods where he grew up and his parents still live.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart is calling the death of Kevin Ward "the toughest and most emotional experience" of his life. Stewart's statement came after a grand jury decided not to charge him in Ward's death during a sprint car race in upstate New York last month. Ward had left his car after a wreck, apparently to confront Stewart, and was then hit by Stewart's car.

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market has had its best day in a month, shaking off a three-day slump. The Dow industrials gained 154 points, while the S&P 500 rose 15 points and the Nasdaq composite gained 46. Health care stocks rose the most of the 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500.

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