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National & World Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages Japan agonizes over ways to free Islamic State hostages
Lacking clout and diplomatic reach in the Middle East, Japan scrambled Thursday for ways to secure the release of two hostages held by the Islamic State group, as two people with contacts there offered to try to negotiate.
National & World Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake Baker faces complaint for refusing anti-gay message on cake
A dispute over a cake in Colorado raises a new question about gay rights and religious freedom: If bakers can be fined for refusing to serve married gay couples, can they also be punished for declining to make a cake with anti-gay statements?
National & World 4 men in Paris court are 1st to face terror attacks charges 4 men in Paris court are 1st to face terror attacks charges
French anti-terror prosecutors sought Tuesday to charge four men in connection with the attacks in Paris that left 20 people dead, which would be the first suspects charged in the country's bloodiest terrorist attacks in decades.
National & World Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns Iowa Sen. Ernst promises GOP focus on Americans' concerns
The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Barack Obama's failed policies, the newly minted senator delivering her party's official response to the State of Union address promised Tuesday.