Washington’s Top News — Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Here’s a look at some of the day’s top stories from WTOP:

350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad

President Obama has approved assigning 350 additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities.

The White House says the State Department had asked for the additional military personnel to help protect U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel in the Iraqi capital. The Defense Department reviewed the request and recommended the additional troops.

The White House says Obama approved the additional troops on Tuesday and that they will not serve in a combat role.

Home Depot probes possible credit card data breach

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

The Atlanta-based home improvement retailer has told The Associated Press that it’s working with both banks and law enforcement to investigate unusual activity that could point to a hack.

Hackers have broken security walls for many retailers in recent months, including Target, grocery store chain Supervalu, P.F. Chang’s and the thrift store operations of Goodwill. The rash of breaches has rattled shoppers’ confidence in the security of their personal data and pushed retailers, banks and card companies to increase security by speeding the adoption of microchips into U.S. credit and debit cards.

Sotloff family grieving

A spokesman for the family of American journalist Steven Sotloff says the family is grieving privately following the release of a video showing his beheading by extremists with the group Islamic State.

The posting late Tuesday comes two weeks after the release of a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley by the same extremist group.

A late night for the Nationals and Orioles

The Nationals played the Dodgers on the West Coast; the Orioles had to deal with a rain delay. Both teams’ games finished late; find out how they made out.

Can you park at a broken meter in D.C.? Well

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