5 Things to Know for Wednesday
People are moved by a line of police as authorities disperse a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, early Wednesday, August 20.
August 20th, 2014
04:06 AM ET

5 Things to Know for Wednesday

ISIS militants behead an American journalist. A water bottle sends police charging after protesters in Ferguson. And the U.N. gets ready for a massive humanitarian airlift into Iraq.

It's Wednesday, and here are the “5 Things to Know for Your New Day."


A horrific end: The video is horrific. The intent behind it, despicable. It shows ISIS militants beheading American journalist James Foley - and threatening to do the same to another journalist if President Barack Obama doesn't end military operations in Iraq. Foley disappeared in November 2012 in northwest Syria while working with GlobalPost. He hadn't been heard from since then. "I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope for freedom to see my family once again," he says before he is brutally killed.

MORE: Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley


Not again: There were high hopes that the nightly protests in Ferguson would end peacefully for a change yesterday. That promise held out for most of the evening - until a water bottle flew at police. That's when they charged after protesters. No tear gas was fired and the demonstrators were spared the heavy-handed response of the last few days. Today, a grand jury is expected to get to work to determine whether the officer who killed Michael Brown should be indicted.

MORE: Ferguson streets were calm until bottles flew


Truce falters: The depressing cycle of strikes and counter strikes resumed in Gaza as talks failed between Israelis and Palestinians. The armed wing of Hamas fired 29 rockets in 20 minutes; the Israeli military retaliated with air strikes that killed at least three people, including an infant.

MORE: Israel, Hamas ceasefire breaks down


Humanitarian challenge: The U.N. refugee agency begins a massive four-day airlift today into Irbil in northern Iraq. It's one of the largest humanitarian aid push the agency has ever undertaken. And it's much needed. Half a million refugees have been displaced as ISIS militants have advanced.


Ready to rumble: Texas governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate, Rick Perry, had his fingerprints and mugshot taken yesterday, and said he's going to fight the charges against him "with every fiber of my being."

perry mug

The charges allege the Republican governor misused his office by improperly threatening to and then withholding state funds for a program run by a Democratic county prosecutor unless she resigned. Then he got ice cream.

MORE: Defiant Rick Perry appears at courthouse

Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a few others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.

- Do-over! Do-over!: Remember the guy who took your money for a better potato salad? He took the ice bucket challenge, but did it his way. We're saying that doesn't count!


- A squirrel's gonna do what a squirrel's gotta do: Until he’s up against a pole greased with Vaseline


- Big courch, small car: Add someone who's really bad at physics, and you get this.


- When koala bears argue: It's adorable. Like seriously, adorable.


- The many uses for a watermelon: Yesterday, we brought you a cat using a watermelon as a pillow. Today? Cat helmet!

There you go. All you need to know to get an early start to your morning.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. danR

    At some soon tipping point, the big 5 powers—Russian, China, U.S., India, and the E.U.—are going to have to get together and stop regarding this sort of thing as 'terrorism', and see it as an international reality-show horror movie.

    The firebrands of this insanity will have to be tracked down systematically and eliminated. No trials, no mercy, no apologies accepted; and take no prisoners.

    August 20, 2014 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • danR

      re: the Foley incident.

      August 20, 2014 at 11:08 am | Reply
  2. Rick Wofford

    For the first time, I have looked at the 5 things to know for .......article on CNN. I understand that these are the currently trending news items in the world and I do see the value of it. However I question, as I have for years now, how the news media is focused on the negative in the world. I feel that by focusing on the negative, the news is creating a culture of distrust and fear. Now I do understand that these are important news stories that many people feel should be highlighted and I'm not disputing that. However, there are many really great, wonderful, progressive positive things that happen on a very regular basis in the world. In fact, there are more positive things that happen in the world than there are negative. It seems to me that the news world not only has a responsibility to show our society the negative things happening, they also have a responsibility to show the positive things that are happening in the world. By doing this, perhaps we can build a culture of balance with our media instead of fear. The world is a great place, lets tell the world what a great place it is. My take on it anyway.

    August 20, 2014 at 10:34 am | Reply
  3. Drakkon

    Rick Perry, ready to prove how much public money he can waste defending himself for an open-and-shut case. Keep up the good fight, precious.

    August 20, 2014 at 8:25 am | Reply

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