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In this Thursday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lee Santamaria, front, of Cooper City, Fla., works with children during a soccer camp held by FC Barcelona in Miami. European clubs like Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal have long sent coaches to work at U.S. summer camps, but now some are opening year-round U.S. academies aimed at finding new talent but also to expand their fan bases. This is part of a number of initiatives of major teams to grow their brands in the U.S. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

European soccer clubs opening US academies

- Associated Press

As the U.S. appetite for soccer grows, more American kids are harboring dreams of becoming the next David Beckham or Leo Messi. Their aspirations, realistic or not, have not gone unnoticed by top international teams, which are trying to capitalize financially.

OSU freshman hospitalized after cardiac incident

Associated Press

An Oregon State University athletics spokesman says a freshman member of the men's basketball team suffered "an apparent cardiac-related medical incident" and is hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Displaced Iraqis settle at a new camp outside the Bajid Kandala camp in Feeshkhabour town, Iraq, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. Some 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq since the Islamic State's rapid advance began in June, and thousands more have died. The scale of the humanitarian crisis prompted the U.N. to declare its highest level of emergency last week. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

As US airstrikes in Iraq grow, details stay thin

- Associated Press

America has returned to war, of a sort, in Iraq with airstrikes that have intensified in recent days against Islamic State militants. But details about the execution of this limited campaign, which so far includes no reported U.S. ground combat, are thin.

Man charged with 4th murder count; 3 in Wash.

Associated Press

King County prosecutors on Wednesday filed a third aggravated murder count against a man also charged with murder in New Jersey, alleging the four killings are part of a "bloody crusade" to punish the U.S. government for its foreign policies.

Australia cites reporter's killing in law reforms

- Associated Press

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday used the killing of American journalist James Foley to bolster his government's case for contentious counterterrorism reforms that have been rejected by some Islamic leaders.

In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 photo, Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin pose for a picture at their home, in High Point, N.C. Roman numerals indicate the date, June 2, 1966, that Gerber and Berlin consider the true anniversary of their relationship.  The couple are suing to have the state of North Carolina recognize their marriage. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

Vegas offering all but marriage to LGBT tourists

- Associated Press

Las Vegas tourism officials want the LGBT community to know that they and their money are more than welcome in Sin City, even if they can't get married there.

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the killing of journalist James Foley in Syria during a statement in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The president said the U.S. will continue to confront Islamic State extremists despite Foley's brutal murder. Obama said he spoke Wednesday with Foley's family and offered condolences. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

US special ops tried but failed to find hostages

- Associated Press

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor to reinstate a worker who the department says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials announced Wednesday.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, right, speaks at a North Little Rock, Ark., news conference as he endorses U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., in the race for U.S. Senate, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Romney casts Arkansas race as way to fight Obama

- Associated Press

Mitt Romney cast Arkansas' Senate race as a way to fight the agenda of the president who defeated him two years ago, as he campaigned Thursday on behalf of Congressman Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Correction: Emirates-Terrorism Law story

- Associated Press

In a story Aug. 20 about a new counter-terrorism law in the United Arab Emirates, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gulf researcher Nicholas McGeehan works for Amnesty International. He works for Human Rights Watch.

Thailand's new Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha salutes during an establishment anniversary of the 21st infantry regiment, Queen's Guard, in Chonburi Province, Thailand, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good - to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai army ruler named prime minister

- Associated Press

Three months after overthrowing an elected government, Thailand's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will prolong his rule and bolster the military's grip on power.

** FILE ** Donald Crabtree, a Tennessee Valley Authority project manager from Stevenson, Ala., leads a media tour around the old Bowling Green, Ky., power plant on Power Street, which was torn down to allow for TVA expansion, on Wednesday Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)

TVA board votes to retire Memphis coal plant

- Associated Press

The Tennessee Valley Authority's board voted Thursday to retire the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis and replace it with a natural-gas facility, marking another step by the nation's largest utility to reduce its reliance on coal.

** FILE ** Oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill floats on the water with clouds reflected in the sheen on Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana, June 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Indicted ex-BP exec will be allowed to visit UK

Associated Press

A former BP executive will be allowed to travel to the United Kingdom later this month while he awaits trial on charges relating to an investigation of the 2010 Gulf oil spill.