Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. HOLDER DENOUNCES SHOOTINGS IN FERGUSON
The attorney general calls the gunman who wounded two police officers during a protest “a damn punk.”
2. ISLAMIC STATE, BOKO HARAM PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE
The IS media arm claims the terror alliance means that the caliphate has now expanded to West Africa.
3. WHAT NASA IS DOING TO SOLVE MAGNETIC MYSTERY
The space agency launches four identical spacecraft on a billion-dollar mission to study the explosive give-and-take of the Earth and sun’s magnetic fields.
4. THE NEXT HEALTH THREAT FOR HARD-HIT WEST AFRICA
On the heels of the Ebola calamity, large outbreaks of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases could move into the region.
5. SPECULATION SWIRLS ABOUT PUTIN’S HEALTH
The Kremlin says the 62-year-old is fine. But he hasn’t been seen in public for a week — a highly unusual absence.
6. CON ARTISTS POSING AS IRS AGENTS RAKE IN $15.5 MILLION
The telephone scam is the largest of its kind in the history of the tax agency, a federal investigator says.
7. WHO’S STEPPING DOWN AT NBC
Nancy Snyderman is leaving her job as the network’s chief medical editor, a decision prompted partly by the fallout over her failure to observe an Ebola quarantine.
8. TRIGGERMAN IN PAMELA SMART MURDER TRIAL GRANTED PAROLE
Twenty-five years ago, William Flynn, then 16, killed Smart’s husband in one of the first high-profile cases about a sexual affair between an instructor and student.
9. WHICH MEGA-HIT MOVIE IS GETTING A SEQUEL
The Walt Disney Co. announces plans for a follow to the animated “Frozen.”
10. ALL-PRO RUNNING BACK LEAVING DALLAS FOR DIVISION RIVAL
DeMarco Murray, who helped the Cowboys win the NFC East last year, agrees to a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.