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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama strongly denies that a $400 million cash payment to Iran last January was ransom even though it coincided with the release of four Americans held in Tehran. The president spoke to reporters followed an hours-long meeting with military leaders at the Pentagon on the fight against the Islamic State group.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government releases its monthly jobs report this morning. Economists have predicted it will show that employers added 175,000 jobs in July and that the unemployment rate dipped to 4.8 percent from 4.9 percent in June. If that turns out to be the case, it would ease concerns that the economy is struggling.

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — An arrest has been made in the deaths of twin 15-month-old girls found in a hot car in northwest Georgia. News outlets report the girls' father, Asa North of Carrollton, was arrested early today. Online jail records show North is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of reckless conduct.

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Officials in India say that at least 12 people have been killed and 15 others injured after rebels opened fire in a crowded market in Assam state. A police official says one gunman was killed by security forces and troops were pursuing five others who fled. Several homes and shops were badly damaged in the attack.

LONDON (AP) — Activists linked to the U.S.-based group Black Lives Matter blocked a road leading to London's Heathrow Airport today and held protests in other British cities. An organizer tells the BBC that the movement — founded to protest the killings of black people by American police — is needed "in Britain and all over the world."

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