News in Brief: August 12, 2015

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ISIS Claims to Have Beheaded a Croatian Hostage in Egypt


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News: ISIS affiliate in Egypt releases image of slain Croat captive
  • A photo is circulating the Internet of a 30-year-old Croatian man and father who is thought to have been killed by the Egypt affiliate of ISIS. The photo insinuates that he was beheaded by the group, and if this is confirmed, this would be the first killing of a foreign captive in the country since the group established a branch in Egypt last year.
Entertainment: Uggie the Dog, 'Artist' canine star, dead at 13
  • Uggie the Dog, a Jack Russell Terrier from the Oscar-winning film 'The Artist,' was put to sleep after battling a prostate tumor. His owner told TMZ that it was a hard decision, but the dog had been struggling.
Tech: This app gives you free food for not checking your phone in class​
  • A lot of students spend time on their phone in class, but this new app called Pocket Points gives students discounts on food, depending on how long they avoid their phones in class. The app even uses geolocation technology to make sure that the students are actually in class.

Sports: The Latest: 'Deflategate' judge says both sides have point

  • Tom Brady and the NFL have been going at it for months, and the legal battle is just getting started. The two sides met today in court, and the newest judge says that both have good points. We'll be monitoring this as it develops.

Lifestyle: Study finds students have too much homework

  • While this may not seem like news to us, a new study published in the American Journal of Family therapy suggests that students in elementary school are getting even more homework than most education leaders would recommend.
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Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' holds up his paw after pressing it into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actor Uggies attend Abercrombie & Fitch's presentation of their 2013 Stars on the Rise at The Grove on July 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2012 file photo, Uggie the dog who starred in the film "The Artist," attends a special screening at a London cinema. The film is among many animal-related films mentioned in the book "Animal Stars," a behind-the-scenes look at how trainers get everything from badgers to bears to safely do what dazzles. Set for release Sept. 25, the book is co-written by the head of the American Humane Association, whose entertainment unit is the industry’s only sanctioned animal welfare program and is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' poses with Lassie (L) and Rin Tin Tin (R) at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Superstar Dog Uggie attends the pawprint ceremony for Uggie the dog at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Monday June 25, 2012 in Los Angeles. Uggie, star of the Oscar-winning film "The Artist," became the first dog to cement his paws outside of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Uggie was celebrated during a ceremony Monday with a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant and golden bow-tie collar. He arrived in a fire truck. The event also marked Uggie's retirement from show business. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Invision/AP)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' gets help pressing his paw into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO/ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' poses on the red carpet at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' is honored at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: Actor Uggie , one of Abercrombie & Fitch’s 2013 Stars on the Rise, celebrated this year’s back to school campaign on July 11th at The Grove’s A&F store one of Abercrombie & Fitch’s 2013 Stars on the Rise, celebrated this year’s back to school campaign on July 11th at The Grove’s A&F store on July 11, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Abercrombie & Fitch)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 25: Uggie, the canine star of form the film 'The Artist' which won an Academy Award for Best Picture, poses after the trained Jack Russell Terrier casted his paw prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre during a ceremony marking his retirement from show business on June 25, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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