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Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy speaks to the media about his campaign for Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat after talking at the Louisiana Municipal Association's annual convention on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Cassidy is running against three-term Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu. (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte)

Landrieu and Cassidy qualify on opening day

- Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, have officially signed up for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election.

Smoke rises after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail

- Associated Press

Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.

In this aerial photo, rescue workers search for survivors in an area devastated by a massive landslide which swept through residential areas in Hiroshima, western Japan, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. A several people died and at least a dozen were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

- Associated Press

Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, police said.

Image: YouTube, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

British fighter appears to have role in beheading

- Associated Press

The black-clad Islamic militant fighter filmed in the beheading of American journalist James Foley appears to be British, the U.K. foreign minister said Wednesday — a development that underscores the insurgents' increasingly sophisticated use of Western fighters to mobilize recruits and terrorize enemies.

An artistic rendering of the hypersonic aircraft. (Associated Press)

China secretly conducts second test of new hypersonic missile

China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing's global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads.

Smoke and dust rise after an Israeli strike hit Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire, a burst of violence that broke a temporary cease-fire and endangered negotiations in Egypt over ending the month long war between Israel and Hamas. The fighting occurred some eight hours before a temporary truce was set to expire. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Palestinians: Child killed in airstrike

Associated Press

Palestinian medical officials in the Gaza Strip say two people, including a 2-year-old girl, have been killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Canadian Transportation Safety Board Chair Wendy Tadros, right, and TSB Chief Operating Officer Jean Laporte, address the media during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where the board released its report on the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in July 2013. Tadros cited 18 factors that contributed to the derailment, including the weak safety culture of the now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

- Associated Press

The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.