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Beheading sparks new U.S. airstrikes
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria.

President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret rescue mission inside Syria earlier this summer that failed to rescue Foley and other Americans still being held hostage.

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Former governor testifies

RICHMOND (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Wednesday that his gubernatorial victory was just hours old when he got the first glimpse of growing anxiety in his wife. It eventually led to talk of her moving out of the governor’s mansion and seeking counseling.

Making frequent eye contact with jurors as if he were at a campaign stop, McDonnell said he sensed that his wife was worried about the pressure of living in the public spotlight as first lady the day after his 2009 election.

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Haskins pleads guilty
Two charges on firearm purchases

A local man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two charges in a federal case involving the so-called “straw purchasing” of firearms.

David Carson Haskins, 58, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Roanoke to one charge of making, aiding, abetting, counseling, inducing, procuring or willfully causing to be made a false statement to a firearms dealer, “which statement was intended and likely to deceive said licensed firearms dealer as to a fact material to the lawfulness of such sale of the firearm,” according to a copy of his plea agreement.

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Seniors get tips and advice to avoid being scam victims
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By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

“Never give out personal information.”

Deborah H. Bell — community outreach coordinator in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Virginia Office of the Attorney General in Roanoke — said that quite a few times Wednesday during “The Street-Smart Senior: How to Avoid Being Scammed,” a seminar by the Martinsville/Henry County TRIAD S.A.L.T. Council. S.A.L.T. stands for Seniors and Law Enforcement Together.

She gave several examples of scams, some of the tricks “predators” use and what they look for in potential victims.

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Ferguson’s military equipment not used by local law officers
By BEN R. WILLIAMS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Military equipment used by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has drawn controversy but similar equipment isn’t likely to be seen in Martinsville and Henry County.

According to The Associated Press reports, since the start last week of nightly clashes between police and protesters in the St. Louis suburb where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot, police have used a variety of pieces of military equipment.

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