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American captive released less than a week after ISIS executes journalist

American captive released less than a week after ISIS executes journalist
Photo of American author Peter Theo Curtis being held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or ISIS). He was released on Sunday after being held captive for 2 years, NBC News reports.

Less than a week after Islamic militants killed an American hostage, another kidnapped American was set free.

President Obama is back at the White House Monday morning to oversee an increasing debate about how the US should handle the rise of ISIS and other terrorist groups in the middle east.

Members of ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, executed American journalist James Foley on Wednesday. Officials with the British government say they've identified Foley’s killer.

Five days later a different Syria-based terrorist group released American author Peter Theo Curtis after he’d been held for two years.

Photos: Breathtaking pics of Earth from International Space Station

Photos: Breathtaking pics of Earth from International Space Station
A pop-up book for space travelers. Clouds reaching so high I couldn’t believe it. (Photo & Caption: Reid Wiseman, NASA)

Man versus highchair

Man versus highchair »Play Video
A British man found out the hard way that it's a lot easier to get into a baby's highchair than out of one. The guy gets stuck, hilarity ensues. CNN's Jeanne Moos has the highchair hijinks.

Grandfather running 11k miles for grandchild

Grandfather running 11k miles for grandchild »Play Video
A 62-year-old Illinois man is well on his way to running the equivalent of 420 marathons. And he hopes to do it over the next year and a half. But he's doing it at a great disadvantage -- all for his granddaughter, who desperately needs help. Bill Hudson has his story.

Autopsy: Teen shot at least 6 times

Autopsy: Teen shot at least 6 times »Play Video
A scene from the clashes in the suburb of St. Louis, Missouri

Monday brought a show of greater force as National Guard troops moved into place after another night of violent protests.

Overnight, the governor ordered the increased security to help quell the escalating violence and protect the police command center.

"Tonight we will ensure the safety of the citizens of Ferguson," said Capt. Ron Johnson with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Back in Washington, President Obama announced he is sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday.

Woman attempts to sing National Athem in all 50 states

Woman attempts to sing National Athem in all 50 states »Play Video
Thanks to donations and a motivation to support and recognize America's heroes, a New York native is getting a lot of attention. She's attempting to sing the star spangled banner in all 50 states. On Friday, she made stop number 47 on her journey, in Louisville. Shannan Cogan has more.

Million dollar closet heist items all fake?

Million dollar closet heist items all fake? »Play Video
A new twist in the reported theft of a Texas socialite's pricey closet. Weeks after someone broke into a multi-million dollar home and stole purses and jewelry, aperson claiming to be the thief is coming forward - and claiming the stolen stuff is worthless. Rucks Russell has the story.

Student sent home over hair color

Student sent home over hair color »Play Video
An Alabama girl was sent home on the first day of class because of her hair color. Then she was marked "absent" on her attendance record. Marie Waxel reports on the hair-raising debate.

Thief returns stolen van after mom's plea

Thief returns stolen van after mom's plea »Play Video
A woman in Missouri used text messages to convince a thief to return her stolen van. She pleaded with the crook to have a heart. And as Heather Staggers reports, her approach worked.

Police: Car fire likely retaliation against friends of murder suspect

Police: Car fire likely retaliation against friends of murder suspect »Play Video
Photo of a burned out car in Bremerton. (Photo courtesy: Bremerton Police Department)
Investigators in Bremerton believe that car fire early Thursday morning could be related to the murder of 6-year-old Jenise Wright.

Police catch man dragging safe behind car

Police catch man dragging safe behind car »Play Video
A would-be thief is under arrest, after police catch him dragging a pharmacy's safe behind his car. Police believe the suspect thought by dragging it along the road it would eventually open. Instead, he got dragged into jail. Rachael Cardin has the details.

Teen secretly hides in Walmart for four days

Teen secretly hides in Walmart for four days »Play Video
Hiding behind merchandise, stealing food and wearing diapers. That's how witnesses say a teenage boy lived in a Texas Walmart, unnoticed for days. As J.D. Miles shows us, the teen went to great lengths to stay hidden in plain sight.