Missouri Gov. Names New Public Safety Director

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_a91b6df162.jpgOffice of Governor Jay Nixon (SAINT LOUIS) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon named a new head of the Missouri Department of Public Safety on Wednesday, selecting former St. Louis City Police Chief Daniel Isom for the position. Isom will take over the position on Sept. 1 for current Director Jerry Lee, who is retiring.

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State Department 'Looking Into' Reports of Death of Second American ISIS Fighter

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_c6e9fff189.jpgStockbyte/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday that it was looking into reports that a second American may have been killed in the same battle that caused the death of Douglas McCain, an American jihadi. "We've seen those reports," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said during Wednesday's briefing. She noted that the department did not have independent confirmation of those reports.

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US Attorney's Office Declines to Press Charges in Death of Navy Yard Shooter

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_33eee10889.jpgFBI(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced Wednesday that there will be no charges filed against law enforcement officers in the shooting death of Aaron Alexis, the man who attacked and killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard last year. After reviewing witness statements, surveillance video, photographs, diagrams and other evidence and reports, the U.S. Attorney's Office decided that no actions undertaken by law enforcement officers had criminal intent.

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Defense Rests in McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Could Begin Thursday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_6a33022b71.jpgPhoto by Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The defense rested in the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Wednesday, and closing arguments could begin as soon as Thursday. McDonnell is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for special treatment of a businessman from Star Scientific. The CEO of the company testified earlier in the trial that he believes he was given access and a platform at the governor's mansion to promote a nutritional supplement.

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New Florida Rep, 23, Goes From Parents’ House to State House

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_8211d40a02.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Boomerang kids, take heart: One of your own is making a splash in Florida politics. Jennifer Sullivan, 23, still lives at home with her parents and is just about halfway through college. But the woman who admits she still quibbles with her siblings about who’s stuck with dish duty will soon represent more than 150,000 constituents in the Florida statehouse.

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