4 things you need to know for today
(CNN) Here are the 4 things you need to know for your Friday.
No strategy: It’s too soon to say what steps the United States will take against ISIS in Syria, President Obama said yesterday. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” Obama told reporters during a White House news briefing. “We don’t have a strategy yet.” Obama said he’s asked America’s top defense officials to prepare “a range of options” about what the United States could do to go after ISIS in Syria, which he described as “a safe haven” for the Sunni extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.
Balance of power: Up to 1,000 Russian troops have crossed Ukraine’s southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels, a U.S. official said yesterday. Intelligence shows Russian forces have moved into southern Ukraine with heavy weapons and are fighting there. NATO provided what it said is evidence: satellite images showing Russian troops engaged in military operations inside Ukraine. Commercial satellite images showed the same thing. A rebel leader said up to 4,000 Russians are fighting in eastern Ukraine, some of them active military.
3. MICHAEL BROWN AUDIO
The sound of a shooting: A company whose video chat service apparently captured audio of Michael Brown’s shooting said yesterday the recording was created at the time the Missouri teenager was killed this month. The revelation appears to bolster a man’s claim that he inadvertently recorded audio of gunfire at the time a police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on August 9. Police have said Brown was trying to grab the officer’s gun. Witnesses say the teen was holding his hands in the air when he was fatally shot. Investigators are determining whether to accuse the officer of wrongdoing; no charges have been filed. The audio may help determine what happened.
4. JOAN RIVERS
Comedian hospitalized: Joan Rivers is “resting comfortably” in a New York hospital after apparently suffering cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure at a medical clinic. Her daughter, Melissa Rivers, issued a statement last night after arriving at the hospital following a flight from Los Angeles. A law enforcement official told CNN that Rivers stopped breathing during throat surgery. Rivers, 81, was taken by ambulance in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
Here’s an extra nugget of news for your Friday.
Crisis grows: The Ebola outbreak “continues to accelerate” in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people, the World Health Organization said yesterday. The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40% occurring in the past three weeks. “However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” the WHO said. The outbreak, the deadliest ever, has been centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a handful of cases in Nigeria. The total number of cases “could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency,” the WHO said.