Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell Takes Stand at Corruption Trial

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_2c409e5b79.jpgPhoto by Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took the stand on Wednesday to testify at his public corruption trial. McDonnell and his wife stand accused of accepting over $165,000 in cash, goods and trips as part of a 14-count indictment. He spoke on the stand about the difficulty of running a state-wide campaign and how taxing it can be on a marriage.

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US Military Launched Secret Rescue Operation for James Foley, Other Americans

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_2df253ca1f.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t there, senior administration officials told ABC News Wednesday.

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‘Savages’ Who Executed Foley Will Be Nabbed, FBI Chief Vows

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_9cad7c903c.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- FBI director James Comey said Wednesday that the “full force” of the U.S. government will come to bear on the “savages” responsible for the kidnapping and gruesome murder of journalist James Foley. “I’m very, very, sorry to say that these savages have turned it into a homicide investigation,” Comey said, speaking to reporters in Denver.

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Obama to Lead UN Security Council Summit Next Month

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_4788909100.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will lead a United Nations Security Council Summit regarding foreign terrorism next month. The topic of the meeting is expected to be, "the acute threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters." Following the killing of American journalist James Foley by a self-proclaimed member of ISIS, video of which was posted online Tuesday, that topic is particularly timely.

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The Primary Primer: Five Races to Watch in Alaska and Wyoming

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_0a883f3fe4.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- WHO’S ON THE BALLOT? On Tuesday, voters cast ballots in Alaska and Wyoming. The marquee race to watch is a three-way bitter GOP Senate primary in our nation’s 49th state. Alaskan voters will decide between the establishment front-runner, a tea partier with Sarah Palin’s backing, and Alaska’s lieutenant governor.

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