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President Obama leaves after making a statement Wednesday about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria. The president said the U.S. would continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite the brutal murder. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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A memorial sits at the site of Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo. Any investigation into his shooting by a police officer is likely to take months. Larry W. Smith/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Killer whales perform in Shamu Stadium at the SeaWorld Orlando theme park in Florida. SeaWorld says it will not appeal a citation that prohibits trainers from performing with the whales. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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President Obama said Wednesday that the extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts of violence" and "has no place in the 21st century." Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Black smoke billows in the distance following an Israeli airstrike from the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Atef Safadi/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Protesters walk in front of a line of police early Wednesday as authorities try to disperse a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. The St. Louis suburb saw less violence than on other recent nights of protests. Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Protesters walk on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday. Protests have been going on for more than a week after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People raise their arms while chanting, "Hands up. Don't shoot," near where St. Louis police say officers shot and killed a 23-year-old man who was wielding a knife and refused to drop it on Tuesday. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Teachers with the Jennings School District pick up trash Tuesday on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Mo., the scene of nightly police clashes. Jennings and the neighboring Ferguson school district have canceled class due to ongoing unrest. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Pope Francis celebrates a Mass of reconciliation in Seoul's main cathedral on Monday. The wife and children of Francis' nephew have died after a car accident in Argentina, the Vatican reports. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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In what could be a first, Mariela Castro (center), daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, voted against legislation in the country's parliament. In May, she marched in a parade for the International Day Against Homophobia in Havana. Franklin Reyes/AP hide caption

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