Feds: More than 1,000 businesses hit by same cyberattack that struck Target

New York Times: More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

The attacks are much more pervasive than previously reported, and hackers are pilfering the data of millions of payment cards from American consumers without companies knowing about it, according to a new advisory released Friday afternoon.

Ukraine says Russian convoy entry is a ‘direct invasion’

ReutersUkraine declared on Friday that Russia had launched a “direct invasion” of its territory after Moscow sent a convoy of aid trucks across the border into eastern Ukraine.

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Photos: Lightning strikes 1 World Trade Center in New York City

Lightning struck New York City’s 1 World Trade Center during a storm overnight on Thursday, lighting up the sky in Lower Manhattan.

Photos courtesy of Max Guliani

Survey: London is Europe’s costliest city for cultural activities

ITV News: London is Europe’s costliest city for cultural activities. It is even pricier than Paris when it comes to tickets for such attractions as ballet and opera, according to a survey that examined cultural costs in 12 major European cities.

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Study: Western US drought caused Earth to rise 0.16 inches

Los Angeles Times: The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused the earth to lift up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months, a new study found.

Researchers found an estimated 63 trillion gallons of groundwater was lost since the start of 2013.

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Photo: A section of Lake Oroville is seen nearly dry in Oroville, Calif., on Aug. 19, 2014 (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

SoundCloud to allow ads, pay artists and record labels royalties

New York TimesAs part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will begin incorporating advertising and for the first time let artists and record labels collect royalties.

Eventually, it plans to introduce a paid subscription that will let listeners skip those ads, as they can with Spotify and other licensed services.

Photo: Lorde, who gained fame after posting her hit song ‘Royals’ on SoundCloud. (via NBCNews.com)

2 Ebola patients to be discharged from Atlanta hospital

11 Alive News: Emory University Hospital announced early Thursday that it would discharge two Ebola patients who were being treated at the facility.

The hospital said one of the patients, Dr. Kent Brantly will go to an undisclosed location with his wife and children after being discharged. Details on the second patient were pending.

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Officials: US launched unsuccessful mission to rescue hostages this summer

Washington Post: U.S. special forces launched an operation this summer to rescue Americans held captive in Syria by the Islamic State, but were unsuccessful, officials said Wednesday.

One serviceman was reportedly injured in the operation but no hostages were found.

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Photo: This September 2012 photo posted on the Web site FreeJamesFoley.org shows journalist James Foley in Aleppo, Syria. (Manu Brabo/AP)

National Security Council: Foley video authentic

NBC News, Reuters: A National Security Council spokesperson has confirmed that a video showing US journalist James Foley being beheaded by Islamic State militants is authentic.

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All Ebola deaths in Sierra Leone traced to a healer

AFP: Doctors in Sierra Leone have tracked all 365 of the country’s Ebola deaths back to a single healer, who claimed to have special powers to heal the disease. As the sick traveled across borders to visit her, she died and the disease spread

Photo: (AFP/AFP/File) - Local residents are seen at a market in Kenema, Sierra Leone, on August 16, 2014

Relatives of Pope die in car crash

APThree of Pope Francis’s relatives died in a car accident Tuesday, the Vatican has confirmed.

The Pope’s two great-nephews, aged 2-years-old and 8 months, and their mother were killed in Cordoba, Argentina.

Saturday Night Live’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

The New York Times: Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer who was the voice for “Saturday Night Live,” has died at age 96, his daughter confirmed.

Pardo, who was with “S.N.L.” from the show’s first episode in 1975, remained the announcer of the show through its most recent season.

Photo: Don Pardo on the set of “Saturday Night Live” in 1979. He served as the show’s announcer for all but one of its 39 seasons. (Al Levine/NBCUNIVERSAL, via Getty)

The Boston Globe: Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic State militants from attacking ethnic minorities in Iraq, but said the US should act alongside the UN as history has revealed the danger of powerful nations acting alone. 

The pontiff, who also said he’d be open to traveling to Iraq, spoke to reporters on a wide range of topics during a one-hour press conference on his flight home to Rome from South Korea.  

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Photo: Pope Francis spoke to journalists aboard a flight from South Korea to Italy on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (Credit: DANIEL DAL ZENNARO/EPA)

At least 180 dead in monsoon flooding in Nepal, India
AP: The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India has increased to more than 180 people, local officials said Monday.
Western Nepal and northern India are the worst-hit regions where floodwaters brought on by monsoon season have submerged hundreds of villages.
Photo: This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 aerial photo shows houses in a residential area partially submerged by monsoon floods at Nalanda district of Bihar, India. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)

At least 180 dead in monsoon flooding in Nepal, India

AP: The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India has increased to more than 180 people, local officials said Monday.

Western Nepal and northern India are the worst-hit regions where floodwaters brought on by monsoon season have submerged hundreds of villages.

Photo: This Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 aerial photo shows houses in a residential area partially submerged by monsoon floods at Nalanda district of Bihar, India. (AP Photo/Press Trust of India)

Autopsy: Michael Brown shot at least six times in Ferguson, Mo.

The New York Times: Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., was shot at least six times, a preliminary private autopsy found.

The former chief medical examiner for the City of New York found that Brown was four times in the right arm and two times in the head. The bullets did not appear to have been shot from close range.

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Photo: A detail from a report showing the entry, and re-entry and exit wounds from six bullets. (Dr. Michael M. Baden)