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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says U.S. intelligence has not been able to determine how or when American Kayla Jean Mueller (MYOO'-lur) died while in Islamic State captivity. On Friday, the Islamic State claimed that the 26-year-old aid worker died in a Jordanian airstrike. But the White House says there was no evidence that civilians were in the target area ahead of the strike. Spokesman Josh Earnest says Mueller's parents received a private message over the weekend from her Islamic State captors. He says it included additional information about her death, and that the intelligence community was able to confirm she'd been killed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials are confirming that the top recruiter for the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan was killed in a U.S. drone strike yesterday. Abdul Rauf (ahb-DOOL' rah-OOF') and seven others were killed when missile strike hit their car in southern Helmand province. During the Taliban's rule, which ended in late 2001, Rauf was a corps commander in the western province of Herat and in Kabul.

STEPHENVILLE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say the widow of Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated movie "American Sniper," will be among the first witnesses to testify during the trial of his alleged killer in Texas. Opening statements are expected tomorrow in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh (rowth). The former Marine is accused of fatally shooting Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, as the pair tried to help Routh at a shooting range.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More Alabama counties are allowing same-sex marriage despite objections from the state's chief justice. Probate officials in three counties said today they'll begin issuing marriage licenses after receiving legal clarification. Many counties wouldn't issue licenses yesterday after Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore ordered probate judges not to allow same-sex licenses. Moore gave his order even though a federal court struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the state's attempt to overturn the order.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal science report says it is time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat. The idea was once considered fringe — to purposely re-engineer the planet's climate as a last ditch effort to battle global warming with an artificial cloud. The National Academy of Sciences says the concept should not be acted on because it is too risky, but it needs to be studied and maybe tested outside in small projects.

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