Illustration: Robert Trujillo
Here's what I'm reading up on this morning:
- Islamic State beheads U.S. journalist James Foley in a propaganda video and threatens to take the life of another, Steven Scotloff.
- There's a growing call to remove prosecutor Bob McCullough, who's investigating Michael Brown's shooting, from office.
- At least 36 people are dead following landslides in Hiroshima, Japan.
- Torrential rains strike Phoenix, causing massive floods and multiple rescue efforts.
- Apple stock closes at a record high ahead of the iPhone 6 and the iWatch launch.
- Big media corps are lining to work with Snapchat's upcoming disappearing news and ads feature.
- Liberia has sealed off an entire shanty town in a misguided effort to contain Ebola.
- Pristine vacation spot Lake Tahoe is under serious threat due to climate change.
- Chile's La Silla observatory reveals an image of two incredibly gorgeous star formations.