10 Things to Know for Friday

August 21, 2014 - 9:04 PM
Americans Ebola

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, provided by Jeremy Writebol, his mother, Nancy Writebol, poses with children in Liberia. Nancy Writebol is one of two Americans working for a missionary group in Liberia who were infected with the Ebola virus, and who have been receiving treatment at Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta. Emory planned to hold a news conference Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, to discuss both patients' discharge. (AP Photo/Courtesy Jeremy Writebol)

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

1. HAGEL: US AIRSTRIKES CURBING ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS

But the militants along the Iraq and Syrian border will likely regroup and launch a new offensive, the defense secretary says.

2. WHY PAYING RANSOMS FOR CAPTIVES IS TROUBLESOME

By acceding to kidnappers' demands, governments in the Mideast and Europe have become some of the biggest financiers of terror groups.

3. AMERICANS INFECTED WITH EBOLA LEAVE ATLANTA HOSPITAL

The two medical missionaries remain weak but are expected to recover completely.

4. WHAT'S LIKELY IMPACT OF DEATHS OF HAMAS COMMANDERS

Israel's killing of the three is bound to lower the militant group's morale — but might not diminish its ability to fire rockets at its neighbor.

5. MISSOURI GOVERNOR PULLING NATIONAL GUARD FROM FERGUSON

Since the guard's arrival Monday, flare-ups in the small section of the town that had been the center of nightly unrest have begun to subside.

6. ROMNEY, RYAN REUNITE FOR INTERVIEW

The public appearance comes on the brink of the fall elections, with Republicans driving for the six-seat gain required to grab the Senate majority.

7. DETAILS OF ALLEGED ABDUCTION PLOT EMERGE

A couple lured two Amish sisters from their family farm in upstate New York with the intention of turning them into slaves, authorities say.

8. HOW UNITED AIRLINES IS MAKING SKIES FRIENDLIER

The struggling carrier is upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

9. ONE-TWO PUNCH APPARENTLY EFFECTIVE AGAINST POLIO

Giving a vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed an oral polio vaccine greatly boosts their immunity, research suggests.

10. WHO'S THROWING COLD WATER ON 'ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE'

President Obama declines to take part in the popular challenge. Instead, he's sending a donation to support research into Lou Gehrig's disease.