The family of a slain journalist asks the leader of ISIS to answer for his killing. The Justice Department will investigate the Ferguson Police Department. And the Ebola virus death toll passes 1,900.
It's Thursday, and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day.
1. ISIS BEHEADING
Speaking out: The family of the American journalist killed by ISIS called out the notorious leader of the group yesterday, asking him to answer for the sin he committed in the beheading of Steven Sotloff. "I have a message for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," family spokesman Barak Barfi said in Arabic. "Where is your mercy?" The statement came just hours after President Barack Obama said the United States will not be intimidated by ISIS. The killing is the second beheading of an American journalist in two weeks.
2. FERGUSON INVESTIGATION
Department checkup: The Justice Department is going to give the Ferguson, Missouri, police department a top-to-bottom lookover after last month's shooting of Michael Brown. Such probes typically focus on paving the way for systemic reform going forward, rather than punishing past misconduct. The investigation is separate from the Justice Department's previously announced civil rights probe into the August 9 shooting of the unarmed black teenager by police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.
3. DNA FREEDOM
No hate: Henry McCollum and Leon Brown walked out of prison free men yesterday after DNA evidence implicated someone else in the rape and murder of a North Carolina child some 30 years ago. Both men were teenagers at the time of their arrest. "Ain't no anger in my heart. I forgive those people," McCollum said. "I don't like what they've done to me and my brother because they took 30 years away from me for no reason, but I don't hate them," he said.
Unsettled: Ukraine's President announced progress on a ceasefire agreement yesterday with Russia, but U.S. President Barack Obama is skeptical and even Moscow downplayed it. Since mid-April, Ukrainian forces have been battling pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. Kiev and the West say the rebels are supported by Moscow - a claim Moscow denies. European nations are considering proposals for "significant further steps" against Russia, an EU statement said. The proposed sanctions involved "access to capital markets, defense, dual use goods, and sensitive technologies," the statement added.
Outbreak still growing: More than 3,500 people have been infected by the Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since the first documented cases in December, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization. More than 1,900 people have died. "Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it," said Dr. Joanne Liu, the international president of Doctors Without Borders. "The clock is ticking, and Ebola is winning."
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
–Dangerous bag: A ball girl at the U.S. Open shows she has the skills to track down whatever crosses her court.
- In overdrive: This is what you get when you put a pug in a ball pit for the first time.
- Headbanging: Metal in inappropriate places.
- Have cow will travel: This is how you stuff a cow into a compact car, just in case you were wondering.
- Old school: IKEA spoofs Apple with the bookbook.
There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.
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