1. JAMES FOLEY EXECUTION
His final months: An outrageous ransom demand. A failed rescue attempt. A taunting e-mail. These were the details emerging about the final months of the life of American journalist James Foley, whose execution at the hands of Islamic extremists was captured on video and posted online this week as a warning to the United States. Foley’s captors demanded $132.5 million in exchange for his release.
2. BOWE BERGDAHL
Prisoner swap illegal: The Pentagon broke federal law by exchanging five Taliban detainees for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without giving Congress the appropriate notice, an independent investigative arm announced.
3. EBOLA PATIENTS
Americans released: Missionaries Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol, who were infected with Ebola in Liberia, were discharged from the hospital this week. “Today is a miraculous day,” Brantly said yesterday after his release. The deadly virus has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa, where both Americans contracted it while helping patients.
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