Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — A new video released by the terror group ISIS purports to show a young boy coldly executing two men who the terror group claims were Russian spies.

The video, apparently produced by an ISIS media outlet and shared on Twitter, is seven minutes long and features “confessions” by the two men. In a heavily-edited section, the young boy, called a “lion’s cub,” is shown firing a pistol at the heads of the men, who each fall, apparently lifeless.

A U.S. government official declined to comment on the authenticity of the video, and some observers online have noted that the event could have been staged. A former counter-terrorism official told ABC News, however, that the actual alleged murders appeared real enough to him. Russian officials declined to comment, according to international reports.

ISIS is not the first group to use children for gruesome propaganda, as just 11 days ago the Taliban released a video showing a much younger boy justifying that terror group’s campaign of violence in Pakistan.

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ABC/Martin H. Simon(WASHINGTON) — An Ohio man has been indicted on charges of threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner, ABC News has confirmed.

Michael Robert Hoyt was indicted Jan. 7 on charges of threatening to murder Boehner last October, shortly after he was dismissed from his job as a bartender, according to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint and arrest warrant. According to the complaint, Hoyt had previously been “treated for a psychotic episode” and was prescribed medication which he “voluntarily stopped taking.”

According to the complaint, Hoyt, 44, was dismissed from his job as a bartender at Wetherington Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. He allegedly made comments on a 911 call that he was fired before he was able to have an opportunity to “put something in John Boehner’s drink.”

He also told the officers that he was Jesus Christ and threatened to kill Boehner “because Boehner was mean to him at the country club and because Boehner is responsible for Ebola,” according to the complaint.

“Speaker Boehner is aware of this situation, and sincerely thanks the FBI, the Capitol Police, and local authorities in Ohio for their efforts,” Boehner spokesperson Michael Steel said in a statement.

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tarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street dipped again on Tuesday as oil prices fell to a six-year low.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 27.16 to close at 17,613.68.

The Nasdaq slipped 3.21 to end the session at 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 tumbled 5.23 to a close of 2,023.03.

The national average for a gallon of gas has fallen to just $2.14, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. According to GasBuddy, 45 of the 50 states have at least one gas station selling gas at under $2 per gallon.

Among the causes of the decreasing price of oil are increased U.S. production, continued flow from nations under the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries banner, and an economic slowdown in Europe.

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Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(LYON, France) — Interpol issued Red Notices — international wanted persons alerts — on former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov on Monday.

According to a release from Interpol, four Red Notices were issued in total for charges including embezzlement and misappropriation. The notices were issued at the request of Ukrainian authorities, though they were not linked to a previous request made related to Yanukovych’s alleged “abuse of power and murder.”

Interpol notes that a Red Notice is “not an international arrest warrant and Interpol cannot compel any member country to arrest the subject of a Red Notice.” Still, the individuals “are wanted by national jurisdictions…and Interpol’s role is to assist national police forces in identifying or locating these individuals with a view to their arrest and extradition.”

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Coming soon from the IRS: slower tax refunds, fewer identity-theft protections and worse customer service.

That’s the word in an alarming email obtained by ABC News and sent to IRS employees Tuesday by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.

The only possible silver lining (especially for tax cheats): fewer audits. To be specific: 46,000 fewer audits this year and 1,800 fewer IRS enforcement officers.

That’s because the IRS budget has been slashed so deeply – the lowest inflation-adjusted budget in nearly two decades — that Koskinen says “we have no choice but to do less with less.”

The commissioner writes that the budget cuts will mean a slower and less-helpful IRS.

“We now anticipate an even lower level of telephone service than before,” Koskinen writes, “which raises the real possibility that fewer than half of taxpayers trying to call us will actually reach us.”

Refund checks will be delayed by a week or longer, and planned new identity-theft protections will be delayed.

Spending less on the IRS’s budget will actually cost taxpayers more money. Koskinen says the enforcement cutback will cost the Treasury some $2 billion in lost tax revenue.

The full letter can be found below:

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Letter

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Boarding1Now/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A Delta plane experienced a systems issue on Tuesday, forcing the Boeing 757 to return to Los Angeles International Airport shortly after takeoff.

The plane departed from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning with 152 passengers on board. After what Delta is calling a “potential systems issue” was observed, the aircraft circled the airport to burn fuel — to ensure a safe landing — and then returned to the gate under its own power.

According to ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV, Delta said in a statement that it is working to reaccommodate customers and is examining the airplane.

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SDO/NASA(NEW YORK) — NASA has shared a photo showing the first big solar flare of 2015.

Taken Monday night, the image from the space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the powerful burst being ejected at 11:24 p.m. ET.

While powerful bursts of particles and radiation may seem worrisome, the flares generally cannot pass through Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere.

A perfect storm of particles and intense radiation however can impact satellite and radio transmissions and cause flights to be re-routed due to the changes the energy can create in Earth’s magnetic field.

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SDO/NASA(NEW YORK) — NASA has shared a photo showing the first big solar flare of 2015.

Taken Monday night, the image from the space agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the powerful burst being ejected at 11:24 p.m. ET.

While powerful bursts of particles and radiation may seem worrisome, the flares generally cannot pass through Earth’s magnetosphere and atmosphere.

A perfect storm of particles and intense radiation however can impact satellite and radio transmissions and cause flights to be re-routed due to the changes the energy can create in Earth’s magnetic field.

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Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — Turkey’s president is calling the West hypocritical for standing in solidarity against the recent attacks in Paris though not condemning anti-Muslim acts throughout Europe.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the defaming of mosques and other crimes against Europe’s Muslims are not met with the same outrage.

A handful of mosques have been vandalized throughout Europe since the attack by gunmen that killed 17 people in Paris.

Erdogan also denounced Israel’s prime minister, who attended the rally in Paris with other world leaders, for recent deaths of Palestinian civilians at the hands of Israeli forces.

The Turkish leader said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not have attended the rally, citing recent offenses by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip that killed more than 2,000 people — mostly civilians.

Erdogan did not attend the rally in Paris. However, Turkey’s prime minister was on hand.

Turkey has recently come under fire in Europe for the number of fighters that pass through the country en route to the war in Syria.

Earlier this month, the wife of one of the Paris gunmen arrived in Turkey, then crossed the border into Syria.

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Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(ISTANBUL) — Turkey’s president is calling the West hypocritical for standing in solidarity against the recent attacks in Paris though not condemning anti-Muslim acts throughout Europe.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the defaming of mosques and other crimes against Europe’s Muslims are not met with the same outrage.

A handful of mosques have been vandalized throughout Europe since the attack by gunmen that killed 17 people in Paris.

Erdogan also denounced Israel’s prime minister, who attended the rally in Paris with other world leaders, for recent deaths of Palestinian civilians at the hands of Israeli forces.

The Turkish leader said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should not have attended the rally, citing recent offenses by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip that killed more than 2,000 people — mostly civilians.

Erdogan did not attend the rally in Paris. However, Turkey’s prime minister was on hand.

Turkey has recently come under fire in Europe for the number of fighters that pass through the country en route to the war in Syria.

Earlier this month, the wife of one of the Paris gunmen arrived in Turkey, then crossed the border into Syria.

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