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Google vs. Amazon in drone race; more deaths in Syria; Russia escalates Ukraine conflict and more national and international news for Friday, August 29, 2014.


Google vs. Amazon in drone race; more deaths in Syria; Russia escalates Ukraine conflict and more national and international news for Friday, August 29, 2014.

1. ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS ROUND UP, KILL SYRIAN SOLDIERS
The slayings of scores of captives are the latest massacre attributed to the extremist group.

2. HIGH SCHOOL BUDDIES FROM MINNESOTA DIE FIGHTING WITH JIHADISTS
It isn't clear how Douglas McAuthur McCain and Troy Kastigar were drawn into radicalism after their initial conversion to the Muslim faith.

3. RUSSIA ACCUSED OF ESCALATING CONFLICT IN UKRAINE
NATO says at least 1,000 Russian troops are in the country. It also releases satellite photos of artillery units that have allegedly crossed the border.

4. HOW SERIOUS EBOLA OUTBREAK MIGHT BECOME
The number of cases in West Africa is accelerating and could grow six times larger, the World Health Organization says.

5. US ECONOMY GREW AT 4.2 PERCENT ANNUAL RATE
The revised second-quarter number support expectations that the second half of 2014 will prove far stronger than the first half.

6. WHICH CELEBRITY COUPLE HAS TIED THE KNOT
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were wed Saturday in a private ceremony in southern France, a spokeswoman tells the AP.

7. GOOGLE STEPPING UP DRONE ARMS RACE
Rival Amazon.com is also experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store.

8. WARREN BUFFETT'S SON BUYS ROSA PARKS ARCHIVE
The purchase ends a yearslong legal fight and means the trove of items belonging to the civil rights icon will be preserved for the public.

9. 'TAUPE AND CHANGE': OBAMA CHIDED FOR FASHION CHOICE
The sight of the president at a news conference discussing possible U.S. military action in Syria in a light-colored suit lights up Twitter.

10. WHO'S STIFFENING PENALTIES FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULTS
The NFL, stung by criticism that it failed to adequately punish Ray Rice, says players accused of domestic violence could face six-week suspensions for a first offense and at least a year for a second.

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