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10 things to know for Friday, Aug. 8: Obama authorizes U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

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Associated Press
August 8, 2014

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 

1. “AMERICA IS COMING TO HELP”

Obama authorizes U.S. airstrikes if necessary and airdrops of humanitarian aid in northern Iraq to counter advancing Islamic militants.

2. THREE-DAY MIDEAST TRUCE EXPIRES 

Gaza militants and Israeli military exchange fire as negotiations in Cairo on a permanent cease-fire and a new border deal hit a deadlock.

3. WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION URGES EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE TO STOP EBOLA SPREAD 

Like Polio and Swine Flu before it, the health agency declares the outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency.

4. ISELLE DOWNGRADED TO TROPICAL STORM 

Iselle would be the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, and a hurricane — Julio — is following in its path.

5. HOW CRASHES ARE IMPACTING A CARRIER 

After twin disasters this year, Malaysia's state investment company plans to make Malaysia Airlines fully government owned.

6. SENATOR ABANDONS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN 

John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana, drops out of the race amid allegations that he plagiarized a college paper.

7. HOMEOWNER CONVICTED OF KILLING UNARMED WOMAN 

Jurors reject the claim of a suburban Detroit man who says he feared for his life when he heard the woman pounding on his door in the middle of the night.

8. WHY GM IS RECALLING SUVs FOR THIRD TIME 

Water can get into the driver's side power window control switch and cause a short. The switches can even overheat and catch fire.

9. PISTORIUS TRIAL DOWN TO CLOSING ARGUMENTS 

The defense lawyer in the double-amputee runner's murder trial says police may have mishandled evidence where the shooting happened.

10. WHERE TIGER WOODS STANDS IN FINAL MAJOR 

Declaring his round not “very good,” the 14-time major winner shoots a 74 at the PGA Championship at Valhalla, nine shots behind leader Lee Westwood.



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