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WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is confirming that the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has been closed. The staff in Sanaa (sah-NAH') has also been evacuated due to security concerns. The embassy had already been operating with a skeleton staff. There have been growing tensions in Yemen following the takeover of much of the country by Shiite rebels. The country has been in crisis for months.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is rejecting claims by Islamic State that an aid worker from Arizona was killed by a Jordanian airstrike. The family of Kayla Jean Mueller (MYOO'-lur) and U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday that she died. A Pentagon spokesman says there is "no doubt" that the extremist group is responsible for Mueller's death. She was taken hostage in August 2013 while leaving a hospital in Syria.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three white men face federal prison sentences ranging from 7 to 50 years for the death of a black man who was beaten and run over with a truck in Jackson, Mississippi. The three admitted hunting black people to attack when they came across 47-year-old James Craig Anderson, a car plant worker.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities in the San Diego area are looking for a man suspected of firing shots that wounded a sports anchor outside his home. KFMB-TV says Kyle Kraska was wounded in the leg and abdomen. Neighbors reported hearing at least 10 shots. Police say the suspect left in a white van. There's no word on a motive.

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart is leaving "The Daily Show." He announced his departure during a taping of Tuesday's show. Stewart said 17 years is the longest he has ever held a job. He said he doesn't have any specific plans, just ideas in his head. He said details are being worked out on when his run will end.

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