10 Things to Know for Thursday

September 3, 2014 - 9:04 PM
Ukraine

A Pro-Russian rebel holds a mortar shell as they lead suppressive fire at the positions of Ukrainian army, during shelling in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Sept.3, 2014. A day ahead of a NATO summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued his own peace plan for eastern Ukraine, calling on the Russian-backed insurgents there to "stop advancing" and urging Ukraine to withdraw its troops from the region. Hours earlier, Ukraine had issued a vague statement about agreeing with Putin on cease-fire steps. The separatists rejected the move, saying no cease-fire was possible without a pullback by Ukraine, while Putin's spokesman claimed that Moscow could not agree to a cease-fire because it was not a party to the conflict. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

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

1. OBAMA VOWS TO DESTROY ISLAMIC STATE MILITANTS

On the eve of the NATO summit, he resolves to build an international coalition to pursue the extremists until they're no longer a threat.

2. RUSSIA, UKRAINE SAY THEY'RE FINALIZING DEAL TO END FIGHTING

It wouldn't be the first cease-fire, however, and none of the others has ended the bloody violence in eastern Ukraine.

3. THIRD US AID WORKER INFECTED WITH EBOLA

Dr. Rick Sacra, an obstetrician, contracts the disease at the same hospital in Liberia where two other Americans fell ill.

4. GOVERNMENT TO PROBE FERGUSON, MISSOURI, POLICE DEPARTMENT

The investigation — following an officer's shooting last month of an unarmed black man — will look at such things as the department's use of force.

5. WHO'S GETTING SECOND SHOT AT NFL CAREER

The Dallas Cowboys are adding Michael Sam, the league's first openly gay player, to their practice roster.

6. FEDERAL JUDGE UPHOLDS LOUISIANA BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE

The decision ends a streak of more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states.

7. WHERE TESLA IS INVESTING $5 BILLION

An industrial park outside Reno, Nevada, will be home to a massive factory producing batteries for a new generation of less-expensive electric vehicles, a source tells the AP.

8. MADOFF HEIR DIES OF CANCER

Andrew Madoff, 48, was the notorious Ponzi king's last surviving son.

9. HOW PARENTS CAN GET KIDS TO STOP PLAYING 'MINECRAFT'

Turn them on to "Minecraft" books instead. Companion guides to the popular video game have sold millions of copies — and more are on the way.

10. PATRICK MCENROE OUT AS US TENNIS WOES CONTINUE

He's stepping down as the U.S. Tennis Association's chief of player development. No American man has won a major championship since 2003.