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FILE - This May 3, 2013 file photo president Barack Obama responding to a question about the ongoing situation in Syria during a news conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. One year ago, President Barack Obama was barreling toward airstrikes in Syria when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. The move threw his policy into confusion and the strikes were eventually scrapped. Now, as Obama again contemplates military action in Syria, the White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress. While cautioning that Obama has made no final decisions, officials say there is a difference between last year's effort to strike Syria's government in retaliation for chemical weapons use and a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants that is now under consideration. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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In this image made from video obtained on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Shirley Sotloff, who lives in Florida, appeals to the captors of her son, freelance journalist Steven Sotloff, 31, who was last seen in Syria in August 2013. On a video released on Aug. 19, 2014, he was threatened with death by militants from the Islamic State unless the U.S. stopped air strikes on the group in Iraq. The same video showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. (AP Photo)
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Members of the OSCE examine the scene of a shelling in the town of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The Obama administration accused Russia on Wednesday of orchestrating a new military campaign in Ukraine, helping rebel forces expand their fight in the country's east and sending tanks, rocket launchers and armored vehicles toward communities elsewhere. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)
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In this Aug. 25, 2014 image made from video provided by the Mohave County Sheriff Department, firing-range instructor Charles Vacca, left, shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca, 39, was standing next to the girl on Monday at the Last Stop range in Arizona, south of Las Vegas, when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca in the head. (AP Photo/Mohave County Sheriff Department)
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A Tim Hortons restaurant is seen on W. 26th Street in Millcreek Township, Pa., on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Burger King struck an $11 billion deal to buy Tim Hortons that would create the world's third largest fast-food company and could make the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain more of a household name around the world. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Christopher Millette)
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, a chef and owner Oh Keum-il of Daegyo, the dog meat restaurant, shows how to cook for dog meat at her restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. Daegyo, the famous dog meat restaurant she opened in a Seoul alley in 1981, will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday, a reflection of the challenges facing a trade that is neither legal nor explicitly banned under South Korean laws governing livestock and food processing. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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This July 28, 2014 photo shows Mary Kaye, 81, smiling after successfully demonstrating a treadmill balance session at University of Illinois-Chicago. Clive Pai, a physical therapy professor, right, and graduate student Emma Wang, left, un-hook Kaye's safety harness at the end of the session. During the test Kaye walked on a lab-built walkway that causes people to unexpectedly trip and can teach them quickly how to catch themselves and avoid falling. Falls in the elderly cost $30 billion yearly to treat and can send them spiraling into poor health and disability. Pai who came up with the idea calls it "a vaccine against falls" and says his research shows that older people's brains can learn and adapt much more quickly than previously thought. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
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This April 23, 2014 photo provided by Dianne Larson shows the family dog 9 month old Ruby waiting for her son, Tanner, at their home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Tanner was working with puppies and met Ruby, a black Lab. “It was love at first sight,” Larson said. Ruby is 1 year old now and school has been in session for two weeks. Ruby’s still searching for him when he’s gone. (AP Photo/Dianne Larson)
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, Ten Pocket iNet corporation employees, from left,including Terri McMakin, Don Gibbard, weargin hard hat, and Jake Tegtmeier, right, take the ice bucket challenge at the Walla Walla Regional Airport in Walla Walla, Wash.to benefit ALS research. The water was poured from two lift trucks. Gibbard said he wore his hard hat to protect from the ice cubes and took the brunt of dousing because "I was pulled back!" (AP Photo/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Greg Lehman)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. OBAMA CONTEMPLATES CONGRESS’ ROLE IN SYRIAN CRISIS

The big question facing the president is whether or not to seek lawmakers’ approval if the White House decides to strike Islamic State targets in Syria.

2. MOTHER PLEADS FOR RELEASE OF CAPTURED US JOURNALIST

In a video, she appeals to the Islamic State militants to show mercy to 31-year-old Steven Sotloff, who was last seen a year ago in Syria.

3. UKRAINE SEPARATISTS LAUNCH BOLD OFFENSIVE

The attack along a new southeastern front raises the prospect that the rebels are seeking to create a land link between Russia and Crimea.

4. FIREARMS INSTRUCTOR’S DEATH PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON GUN TOURISM

Laws are keeping high-powered weapons out of reach for most people, giving rise to a developing scene of indoor shooting ranges.

5. WHO WILL SPLIT COST OF LOOKING FOR MH370

The Australian and Malaysian governments agree to share the $48 million price tag for the new phase of the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane thought to have been lost in the southern Indian Ocean.

6. CANADIANS PROUDLY PROTECTIVE OF TIM HORTONS

The coffee-shop chain, which will be acquired by Burger King, is a national institution tied to Canada’s obsession with hockey.

7. HOW SOUTH KOREA IS MOVING AWAY FROM A CONTROVERSIAL TRADITION

Pet-mad younger Koreans are turning their back to eating dogs, long considered a favorite in their country’s cuisine.

8. WHY RESEARCHERS ARE TRIPPING SENIORS ON PURPOSE

A scientific experiment wants to help the elderly avoid falling by studying their reactions to a changing walkway’s unexpected moves.

9. BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES HIT DOGS, TOO

When their young owners return to school, many pets experience separation anxiety, experts say.

10. CASH KEEPS FLOWING FROM ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

The viral fundraising campaign for Lou Gehrig’s Disease is approaching a stunning $100 million. And the money keeps pouring in.

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