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WASHINGTON (AP) — The British-accented masked man in the Islamic State beheading videos has apparently been identified. FBI Director James Comey won't reveal the man's nationality. Comey did not address whether the U.S. believes the man actually carried out the killings himself. The full beheadings are not shown in the videos, but the militant holds a long knife and appears to begin cutting the three victims -- American reporters James Foley and Steven Sotloff and British aid worker David Haines.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saying he has done a "superb" job, President Barack Obama has accepted the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder. Obama credited Holder, the nation's first black attorney general, with helping drive down both the nation's crime and incarceration rate — the first time they have declined together in more than 40 years. Holder won't leave office until a replacement is confirmed.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights leaders have demanded a full federal investigation and charges against police officers involved in two high-profile cases that have sparked anger and criticism. The parents of Michael Brown, shot by a white officer near St. Louis, and Eric Garner, who died after being placed in a chokehold in New York, joined the activists. They also want Congress to pass laws requiring police officers to wear body cameras.
NEW YORK (AP) — Industry analysts say gasoline prices could slip below the $3 level in much of the country. They cite the typical fall price decline and falling global oil prices. Some motorists already get to buy a gallon of regular that that has a price starting with a "2." The average in Springfield, Missouri, is already below $3. Several other cities are on the brink.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is granting permission to six movie and TV production companies to use drones for filming. It's a step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators. Until now, the Federal Aviation Administration had banned all commercial drone operations, with the exception of a single oil company in Alaska.
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