1. ISIS BEHEADING
Speaking out: The family of the American journalist killed by ISIS called out the notorious leader of the group yesterday, asking him to answer for the sin he committed in the beheading of Steven Sotloff. “I have a message for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” family spokesman Barak Barfi said in Arabic. “Where is your mercy?” The statement came just hours after President Barack Obama said the United States will not be intimidated by ISIS. The killing is the second beheading of an American journalist in two weeks.
2. FERGUSON INVESTIGATION
Department checkup: The Justice Department is going to give the Ferguson, Missouri, police department a top-to-bottom lookover after last month’s shooting of Michael Brown. Such probes typically focus on paving the way for systemic reform going forward, rather than punishing past misconduct. The investigation is separate from the Justice Department’s previously announced civil rights probe into the August 9 shooting of the unarmed black teenager by police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white.
3. DNA FREEDOM
No hate: Henry McCollum and Leon Brown walked out of prison free men yesterday after DNA evidence implicated someone else in the rape and murder of a North Carolina child some 30 years ago. Both men were teenagers at the time of their arrest. “Ain’t no anger in my heart. I forgive those people,” McCollum said. “I don’t like what they done to me and my brother because they took 30 years away from me for no reason, but I don’t hate them,” he said.
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