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)

Curfew to remain in place for 2nd night in Ferguson

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Ferguson, Mo., curfew will be extended for a second day, Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum said Sunday.

Attorney General Eric Holder has also ordered a federal autopsy of Michael Brown, the Justice Department announced.

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Photo: Smoke bombs are set off around protesters who faced off against police on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, as a curfew is enforced in Ferguson on West Florissant Avenue. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch)


State of emergency declared in Ferguson, Mo.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Ferguson and implemented a curfew between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.

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Rick Perry calls indictments against him an ‘abuse of power’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Saturday said that indictments against him over his decision to veto $7.5 million in funding for the public corruption unit of a district attorney were an “abuse of power” and vowed to fight them.

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At least 100 protesters have been involved in a tense stand off with Police in Ferguson, Missouri, with some looters robbing three stores.

The after-dark confrontation began after more than two dozen protesters closed off a section of street near a convenience store, the Ferguson Market and Liquor store, that has become part of the case surrounding Michael Brown, the black teen who was killed by police gunfire one week ago.

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SeaWorld announces new orca environment
NBC News: SeaWorld has announced a new killer whale environment in San Diego, Calif. The new facility measures 350 feet across and 50 feet deep, nearly double the size of the existing facility. The company’s stock plummeted 33 percent on Wednesday when it reported weak second quarter earnings. SeaWorld’s public image was hurt by the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.” Photo: Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, Calif., on March 19. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

SeaWorld announces new orca environment

NBC News: SeaWorld has announced a new killer whale environment in San Diego, Calif. The new facility measures 350 feet across and 50 feet deep, nearly double the size of the existing facility.

The company’s stock plummeted 33 percent on Wednesday when it reported weak second quarter earnings. SeaWorld’s public image was hurt by the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.”

Photo: Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, Calif., on March 19. (Mike Blake / Reuters)

Officer who shot unarmed black teenager identified

Police in Ferguson, Mo., have identified the officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown as Darren Wilson, a 6-year veteran of the police force.

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