Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, September 26, 2014
Eric Holder resigns as U.S. attorney general
September 26th, 2014
03:32 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Friday, September 26, 2014

It's going to be a long-haul battle against ISIS. Eric Holder steps down as U.S. attorney general. And Ferguson's police chief issues an apology in the Michael Brown case.

It's Friday and here are the 5 things to know for your New Day


The long haul: The phrase has been repeated so often that it could become a mantra in Washington: It's going to be a long fight against ISIS. The United States and its coalition partners have been quick with airstrikes, dropping tons of ordnance on ISIS targets. They're having some effect, experts say, but on the ground, headway against the Islamist extremists won't come easy. Local forces on the ground have had a tough time combatting ISIS fighters.

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Resignation: Attorney General Eric Holder called it quits yesterday after six years at the helm of the Justice Department. He'll stick around for a bit while a successor is named and confirmed. At a news conference with President Obama, Holder called serving as attorney general the "greatest honor of my professional life." He is the first African-American to serve in that post.

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Back to Virginia: Jesse Matthew, a suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, will be sent back to Virginia from Texas as soon as today. He agreed to the extradition. Authorities found Matthew on a Galveston County beach some 1,300 miles from where he's wanted in Graham's disappearance. She was last seen in an area of Charlottesville, Virginia, known as the Downtown Mall. Authorities are offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to her safe return.

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An apology and a scuffle: Police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, engaged in an uneasy standoff in front of the city's police department overnight after authorities arrested several individuals. The arrests took place after Police Chief Thomas Jackson came out and addressed the crowd. It was shortly after Jackson agreed to walk and talk with the demonstrators that a scuffle broke out somewhere behind the chief, and officers moved in to make arrests. There was no indication that Jackson was threatened, but he was quickly escorted inside the building. The developments came hours after Jackson apologized for his department's actions following Michael Brown's shooting, but pledged not to resign.

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Package deal: A Native American chief has asked all tribal employees not to use FedEx until the Washington Redskins changes its team name. What's the connection you ask? The Redskins play their home games at FedExField. The shipping giant purchased the naming rights to the stadium in a 27-year, $207 million deal in 1999, according to Forbes. Fred Smith, FedEx's chairman, president and CEO, is part of the team's ownership group.

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

–Weather debate: Is it sprinkling or raining?

- On 14 screens: Ukrainian indie band Brunettes Shoot Blondes scores big with this music video for "Knock Knock."

- What's that you say?: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch can’t say penguins.

- Can you ice cream it?: Let's mix unexpected stuff with ice cream and see what it tastes like.

- Feeding time: Just in case it ever comes up at a party, you can now say you've seen a bearded dragon eat.

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

    Why no outrage about Hannah Graham? Is it because the man accused of her abduction and disappearance is black and she is white? No rioting in the streets, no burning of buildings maybe it's the difference in the water between VA and MO or maybe it's common sense.

    September 26, 2014 at 9:06 am | Reply
  2. M.Monahan

    A question on ISIS. Would WW2 have been won if the Allies had only used the bombing campaign? The campaign developed and commanded by "Bomber Harris" was much more brutal that our current campaign.

    September 26, 2014 at 9:02 am | Reply
  3. Margaret Morgan

    If that little boy's mom told him it was sprinkling so be it. But that little girl's poke to his heart ended that debate. Too,too cute!!!!!!!! The " Knock Knock" video is amazing!!!!!!!! I'll pass on owning a bearded dragon!!!!!!!! That picky eating little sucker would put a dent in my weekly grocery shopping!!!!!!!! NOT!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!! Have a beautiful weekend!!!!!!!! RIP Johnny (my brother) 9-25-14. Love you!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2014 at 8:43 am | Reply

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