A mission to rescue James Foley before his death fails. Protests in Ferguson abate. And U.S. airlines reap billions in profits.
It's Thursday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. JOURNALIST BEHEADING
Failed mission: Earlier this summer, Special Ops units flew into Syria on a mission to rescue American journalist James Foley and others. But when they reached the target location, no one was there. That's the latest revelation about Foley's finals days in the hands of ISIS, which taunted his family in an e-mail a week ago, saying he would be killed. That's what ISIS did, in a gruesome videotaped beheading.
2. FERGUSON PROTESTS
Two months: It looks like it might be that long before a local grand jury decides whether to bring charges in the death of Michael Brown. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch began presenting the case yesterday. The same day, the crowds were smaller and calmer in Ferguson - a departure from the confrontations between police and protesters the last couple of nights.
3. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Not yet: In Virginia, residents voted to ban same-sex marriage. An appeals court struck down that ban last month and said the state should start providing marriage licenses to gay couples. Yesterday, the Supreme Court stepped in and issued an order that effectively said: No, gay and lesbian couples can't legally wed in the state for now.
4. EBOLA OUTBREAK
Heading home: Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa while helping fight its largest outbreak in recorded history, will be released from Atlanta's Emory University Hospital today. Emory will also have information on fellow missionary Nancy Writebol.
5. AIR TRAVEL
Windfall: The top U.S. airlines earned profits of $3.8 billion in the first half of 2014. That's up from $1.6 billion during the same period last year. Think they'll slash fares a bit now? Or maybe give us some better in-flight snacks? We're guessing not.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
- I believe I can fly: It takes a little coaxing, but when this little French bulldog puppy learns to jump into his owner's arms ... precious!
- This is why YouTube was invented: So that some guy can post a video of a lizard in a tiny cowboy hat riding a tortoise.
- Pool pawty: Digg had a great headline for this video: "Disneyland is no longer the happiest place on Earth"
- Whoa! A sprint car flies into the stands and nearly takes out someone.
- Whoa! Part II: I'm sure tomorrow we'll find out this is part of a viral ad campaign. For now, watch this unbelievable ending to a motorbike accident
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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