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Trending today: Colleagues remember Steven Sotloff; Home Depot investigates possible data breach

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Sotloff, a 31-year-old American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy, was kidnapped last year in northern Syria. (Photo: Twitter/@KenRoth) Sotloff, a 31-year-old American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy, was kidnapped last year in northern Syria. (Photo: Twitter/@KenRoth)
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Comrade, joker: Colleagues remember Steven Sotloff

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to "degrade and destroy" the group.

The president's comments came after he said the United States had verified the authenticity of a video released Tuesday showing the beheading of freelance reporter Steven Sotloff, two weeks after journalist James Foley was similarly killed.

Obama vowed the U.S. would not forget the "terrible crime against these two fine young men."

"We will not be intimidated. Their horrific acts only unite us as a country and stiffen our resolve to take the fight against these terrorists," Obama said.

Sotloff, a 31-year-old American journalist freelancing for Time and Foreign Policy, was last seen in Syria in August 2013.

"Rest in peace, Steven Sotloff - dear friend, smartass, hilarious comrade, and brave colleague. You are missed. Out of words," a colleague wrote.

"Remember Steven Sotloff as hero for reporting #Syria atrocities," Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, posted.

Read the full story here: Obama says beheading videos won't intimidate US

Home Depot investigates possible data breach

Home Depot may be the latest retailer to suffer a major credit card data breach.

The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer told The Associated Press Tuesday that it is working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate "unusual activity" that would point to a hack.

"Protecting our customers' information is something we take extremely seriously, and we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers," said Paula Drake, a spokeswoman at Home Depot, declining to elaborate.

She said the retailer would notify customers immediately if it confirms a breach.

The company is keeping customers updated with the investigation on its website.

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