James Foley's captors demanded an outrageous ransom. American Ebola patients are released from hospital. And the tide may be turning in Ferguson, Missouri.
It's Friday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."
1. JAMES FOLEY BEHEADING
His final months: An outrageous ransom demand. A failed rescue attempt. A taunting e-mail. These were the details emerging about the final months of the life of American journalist James Foley, whose death at the hands of Islamic extremists was captured on video and posted online this week as a warning to the United States. Foley's captors demanded $132.5 million in exchange for his release.
2. BOWE BERGDAHL
Prisoner swap illegal: The Pentagon broke federal law by exchanging five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress the appropriate notice, an independent investigative arm announced.
3. EBOLA PATIENTS
Americans released: Missionaries Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were infected with Ebola in Liberia, were discharged from the hospital this week. "Today is a miraculous day," Brantly said yesterday after his release. The deadly virus has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, where both Americans contracted it while helping patients.
4. FERGUSON PROTESTS
Calmer night: The tide may be turning in Ferguson, Missouri. For the first time since a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, the streets are emptying. Protest crowds thinned as police made targeted arrests.
5. ROBIN WILLIAMS
Ashes scattered: Actor Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home August 11 from what investigators suspect was a suicide by hanging. His ashes were scattered a day later.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Ferocious blackbird: This blackbird' s pecking random people. And it's hilarious.
Slow ride: Lizzie, a bearded dragon with a penchant for cowboy hats, rides a tortoise named Rambo.
Inside a fireworks display: This guy made a steel suit and stood inside a fireworks display. Let's just call him the poor man's Iron Man.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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