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Asking for prayers from the world ... Suicide bombing in Baghdad ... Jury selection in 'American Sniper' killing



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PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona parents of a woman kidnapped by the Islamic State group are asking the world to pray for their daughter's safe return. Kayla Mueller (MYOO'-lur) has been held hostage by extremists for more than a year, but on Friday they claimed that the 26-year-old woman was killed in a Jordanian airstrike. The Jordanian government has dismissed the claim as propaganda.

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide attack in northern Baghdad has killed at least 15 people. A police officer says the attacker set off a vest packed with explosives among Monday morning commuters in Baghdad's bustling Adan Square. The officer says another 45 people are wounded. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack in a mainly Shiite area of the city.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Jury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of the man accused of fatally shooting a former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper." More than 260 potential jurors are set to report to district court in Stephenville (STEE'-ven-vil), Texas, southwest of Fort Worth. Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh (rowth) is charged with capital murder in the deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, 35-year-old Chad Littlefield, at a Stephenville shooting range.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's chief justice is telling the state's probate judges to defy a federal judge's ruling and refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday. The federal judge ruled Jan. 23 that Alabama's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. Susan Watson, executive director The American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, says the chief justice is just "grandstanding." She says, "I don't think the probate judges in Alabama are going to defy a federal court judge's order."

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Jenner is calling a deadly weekend multi-vehicle accident he was involved in "a devastating tragedy" and he's promising to cooperate with investigators. Jenner's attorney says he was not texting while driving when he got into the chain-reaction crash in Malibu that left a woman dead. Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials say investigators will likely look at the phone records of all the drivers involved in the crash.

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