Obama Said to Ease Prosecution Threat Over Ransom Payments

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John and Diane Foley, parents of James Foley, listen to a panel discussion about the importance and dangers of reporting on world conflicts at a Free James Foley event ON May 3, 2013 in Boston.

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The U.S. will no longer threaten families of hostages with prosecution if they negotiate a ransom with extremists, under a revised policy for dealing with American captives, two U.S. officials said.

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