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10 Things to Know, Wednesday, Aug. 20

AP

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. U.S. has no good option to protect second journalist hostage After the Islamic State beheaded reporter James Foley, the White House must decide how it will tackle the terrorist group bearing in mind it’s holding another American Read More…

McDonald’s confronts its junk food image

People make their way past the McDonald's restaurant at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — At a dinner McDonald’s hosted for reporters and bloggers, waiters served cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs using ingredients from the chain’s menu. A Kung Pao chicken appetizer was made with Chicken McNuggets doused in sweet and sour sauce and garnished with parsley. Slow-cooked beef was served with gnocchi fashioned out ofMcDonald’s french fries and Read More…

10 Things to Know, Tuesday, Aug. 19

AP

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Arrests, tear gas mar Ferguson night  Despite the deployment of the National Guard, who stood back, clashes between police and protesters continued in the St. Louis suburb where the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by Read More…

Israelis, Palestinians resume talks on Gaza deal

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo resumed indirect talks on Tuesday, trying to hammer out a roadmap for the war-torn Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for negotiations. The extension of the truce fanned hopes of an emerging deal, however vague, though wide gaps remain on Read More…

Obama struggles to find his role after Michael Brown death

President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room in the White House in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — When racial tensions erupted midway through his first presidential campaign, Barack Obama came to Philadelphia to decry the “racial stalemate we’ve been stuck in for years.” Over time, he said, such wounds, rooted in America’s painful history on race, can be healed. Six years later, the stalemate suddenly seems more entrenched than Read More…

Police, protesters collide again in Ferguson

A man is detained by police during a protest Monday for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets where protesters clashed again with police, as clouds of tear gas and smoke hung over the St. Louis suburb where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Protesters filled the streets after nightfall Monday, and officers trying to Read More…

100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds

A herd of adult and baby elephants walks in the dawn light across Amboseli National Park in southern Kenya, with the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, seen behind. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent’s death rate of the world’s largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found. Warnings about massive elephant slaughters have been ringing for years, but Read More…

Former Vermont US Sen. Jeffords dies at 80

Sen. Jim Jeffords

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, a former aide to Jeffords. He had been in declining health, she said. Jeffords had announced in 2005 that Read More…

New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists. The report was released Read More…

UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

Nigerian port health officials uses a thermometer on a worker at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria,  Wednesday.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

GENEVA (AP) — Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said on Monday. The agency didn’t spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted that the Ebola outbreak involves transmission in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leona and a “small number Read More…