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President Obama speaks at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, in Milwaukee. Obama renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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Iraqi security forces hold a flag of the Islamic State group they captured during an operation outside Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Aid began flowing into the small northern Shiite town in Iraq on Monday, a day after security forces backed by Iran-allied Shiite militias and U.S. airstrikes broke a two-month siege by insurgents in a rare victory by government forces. (AP Photo)
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FILE- In this Feb.17, 2011 file photo, hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters perform military exercises in the Lafofe area some 18 kilometers (12 miles) south of Mogadishu, Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)
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Philippine Armed Forces Chief Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang gestures as he talks about "the greatest escape" of Philippine troops deployed as UN Peacekeepers in the Golan Heights while being besieged by a rebel faction in Syria, during a forum with foreign correspondents Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at suburban Mandaluyong city, east of Manila, Philippines. Catapang said that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp. Catapang further said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander's order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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In this July 16, 2013 aerial file photo, the downtown of the city of Detroit is shown. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr raised more than a few eyebrows a year ago when he took the city into bankruptcy and predicted it would be out by the time his term expired in fall 2014. Because it is by far the largest city to file for municipal bankruptcy and the issues were so complex many experts predicted it would take years to resolve. But the city will take a major step toward that goal with a trial in federal bankruptcy court that starts Tuesday, Sept 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
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FILE - This Oct. 8, 2012 file photo shows the wrecked Subaru Impreza in which four people died as it is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after and early-morning accident. At the wheel was a New York teenager, Joseph Beer, who had smoked about $20 worth of marijuana, before getting into the car with four friends, and driving over 100 mph before crashing into trees with such force that it split the car in half. As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a spike in traffic deaths. Researchers who have studied the issue, though, are divided over whether toking before taking the wheel in fact leads to more accidents. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 photo, Thai police display pictures of surrogate babies born to a Japanese man who is at the center of a surrogacy scandal during a press conference at the police headquarters in Chonburi, Thailand. Interpol said Friday it has launched a multinational investigation into what Thailand has dubbed the “Baby Factory” case: the 24-year-old Japanese businessman who has 16 surrogate babies and an alleged desire to father hundreds more. Police raided a Bangkok condominium earlier this month and found nine babies and nine nannies living in a few unfurnished rooms filled with baby bottles, bouncy chairs, play pens and diapers. They have since identified Mitsutoki Shigeta as the father of those babies - and seven others. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
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This screenshot shows a July 3, 2014 tweet by the hacking group LulzSecPeru after it claimed to have hacked Peru's government’s CERT network emergency center. The Peruvian hackers have broken into military, police, and other sensitive government networks in Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Peru. Now they have stolen emails from the Peruvian Council of Ministers’ network that fueled accusations top Cabinet ministers acted more like industry lobbyists than public servants. (AP Photo)
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In this Aug. 29, 2014 photo, drivers enter the town of Waldo, Fla., where motorists can encounter many different speed limits in a roughly two-mile drive. The AAA auto club named the tiny town between Jacksonville and Gainesville one of only two “traffic traps” nationwide. The other town is nearby Lawtey. Now Waldo is facing a scandal over its traffic tickets. (AP Photo/Jason Dearen)
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Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, hands a towel back to a ball person after wiping sweat from his face and arms during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament against Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic,, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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

1. RUSSIA’S GAINS CLOUD OBAMA’S ASSURANCES TO BALTICS

The president’s efforts to convince former Soviet republics of his ironclad commitment to their security are complicated by the West’s inability to halt Russian aggression.

2. ISLAMIC STATE GROUP ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES

Amnesty International says the extremists have carried out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and “ethnic cleansing” in northern Iraq.

3. WHOM US DRONES TARGETED IN SOMALIA

A senior Somali intelligence official says the American military conducted an operation against al-Shabab leader Ahmed Abdi Godane.

4. SYRIAN REBELS SET DEMANDS FOR FREEING UN TROOPS

Al-Qaida-linked militants holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage want to be removed from a U.N. terrorist list and be compensated for the killing of three of their fighters in a shootout with international forces.

5. DETROIT’S HISTORIC BANKRUPTCY TRIAL TO BEGIN

The city’s lawyers will attempt to convince a federal judge that its plans to wipe out billions of dollars in debt should be approved.

6. 'STONED DRIVING' CONCERNS RISE AS STATES ALLOW POT

“We see the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington as a wake-up call for all of us in highway safety,” says Jonathan Adkins, executive director of Governors Highway Safety Association.

7. SURROGATE OFFERS CLUES INTO MAN WITH 16 BABIES

The industry that catered to foreigners has thrived on semi-secrecy, deception and legal loopholes, and Thailand’s military government is vowing to shut it down.

8. HOW SOUTH AMERICA HACKERS RATTLE PERU’S GOVERNMENT

Emails stolen by the LulzSecPeru collective from the Peruvian Cabinet’s network helped precipitate a no-confidence vote that the ministers barely survived.

9. FLORIDA TOWN SUSPENDS 2 POLICE CHIEFS AMID SCANDAL

Waldo, which has long had a reputation as a speed trap, is now facing allegations that its police victimize motorists in order to turn a profit.

10. WHAT TENNIS’ HOTTEST, GROSSEST RITUAL IS

The passing of the sweat-soaked towel has become one increasingly common ritual that stands apart for its ickiness.

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