- James Foley’s Brother: The U.S. Could Have Done More for Jim
- Police officer brands Ferguson protesters 'rabid dogs'
A police officer in Missouri was suspended Friday after he used Facebook to lash out at protesters condemning the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. A second officer in the Midwestern state was taken off the beat pending an internal review over a YouTube video in which he boasted about being a Jesus-loving "killer." Meanwhile, some 150 demonstrators returned to the streets of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson at sunset Friday to demand justice for the August 9 death of Michael Brown. Police kept a low profile, in sharp contrast to previous nights when tear gas and rubber bullets were used to disperse hundreds of protesters demanding that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, be charged with murder.
- Putin is winning the new cold war: Dicker
- U.S. hostage rescuers dropped from night sky: Syria activist
Before they landed to search for American hostages including journalist James Foley, they destroyed a crucial target: anti-aircraft weapons at a jihadist base about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of the city, a stronghold of Islamic State militants seeking to build a monolithic Islamic state. The above account and other details of the raid have emerged from witnesses who spoke with a member of a Syrian opposition activist group, who identified himself as Abu Ibrahim al Raqaoui. Raqaoui told the information to Reuters in an interview via Skype from inside Syria. The White House publicized details of the raid on Wednesday, a day after Islamic State jihadists posted a video showing Foley being beheaded.
- ABC prepping series based on Richard Castle novels
Spurred by the success of its crime drama "Castle," the network is developing "Derrick Storm," a new series adapted from the books published under the Richard Castle pen name. While the crime-solving author played by Nathan Fillion is indeed a fictional character, his books actually exist in real life. A series of best-selling novels published under the Richard Castle name follows the adventures of Derrick Storm, a former CIA spy turned private investigator. ABC hopes to cash in on the popularity of its original series and of the books with a new drama on its character's character.
- Kentucky firefighter critical after ice bucket challenge mishap
A Kentucky firefighter was in critical condition Friday, a day after he and three others were injured when an aerial ladder got too close to a power line when their department doused a university band with water in an "ice bucket" fundraiser. Captain Tony Grider, 41, and firefighter Simon Quinn, 22, from the Campbellsville Fire Department sustained electrocution injuries Thursday morning in a ladder bucket and two other firefighters were hurt coming to their aid, officials said. Grider was listed in critical condition Friday at University of Louisville Hospital and Quinn as stable, the hospital said.
- James Foley's Family Releases ISIL's Final Email About Their Son
ISIL, the terrorist organization behind the tragic execution of American journalist James Foley, sent the Foley family and his employer, GlobalPost, only two communications, both sent via email. The Foley family has now made the second email public, which we have reprinted in full below. Christopher Voss, a Georgetown University professor who spent 24 years as a lead hostage negotiator for the FBI and is now the CEO of Black Swan Group, a company which applies hostage negotiation strategy to business negotiation, told The Wire in a phone interview that a number as high as $100 million is, in fact, the opposite of an attempt at negotiation.
- Puerto Ricans flock to US mainland as island crisis worsens
The island of Puerto Rico is depopulating, as residents stream to the US mainland fleeing the island's economic crisis and political gridlock in search of jobs. Since 2009, more Puerto Ricans have been living pn the American mainland than on the northeastern Caribbean US-territory, a trend that has accelerated in the years since, according to census figures complied by the Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center. In 2012, some 4.9 million Puerto Ricans lived in one of the 50 US states or the US capital, while the island had a population of 3.5 million, according to the study out this week. Furthermore, Puerto Rico lost another 144,000 people between 2010 and 2013.