LOCAL MAYOR SAYS PRO-RUSSIAN FORCES HAVE ENTERED HIS TOWN IN SE UKRAINE AFTER THREE DAYS OF HEAVY SHELLING *

THE SEASIDE RESORT TOWN OF NOVOAZOVSK IS ON THE ROAD THAT LINKS RUSSIA TO THE UKRAINIAN PORT OF MARIUPOL AND ONTO THE CRIMEAN PENINSULA, WHICH RUSSIA ANNEXED EARLIER THIS YR *

TODAY'S INCURSION IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE FOUR-MONTH CONFLICT THAT FIGHTING HAS REACHED AS FAR SOUTH AS THE SEACOAST *

U.S. NAVY SAYS A COAST GUARD VESSEL FIRED IN SELF-DEFENSE ON AN IRANIAN BOAT IN THE PERSIAN GULF *

NO AMERICANS WERE WOUNDED *

A 5TH FLEET SPOX SAYS THE CREW ON THE SMALL BOAT FIRED A SINGLE SHOT WHEN IT SAW CREW ON THE IRANIAN VESSEL PREPARING TO FIRE A MACHINE GUN *

IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER ANYONE ON THE IRANIAN BOAT WAS HURT *

U.S. MILITARY CONTINUING TO CONDUCT AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS TARGETS IN NORTHERN IRAQ *

THE THREE AIRSTRIKES DESTROYED FIVE ISIS VEHICLES AND SEVERELY DAMAGED A BUILDING CONTROLLED BY THE SUNNI TERROR ORG *

U.S. MILITARY HAS NOW CONDUCTED MORE THAN 100 AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIS TARGETS IN IRAQ SINCE AUG 8 *

OBAMA ADMIN ACCUSING RUSSIA OF COORDINATING A NEW MILITARY CAMPAIGN IN EASTERN UKRAINE *

STATE DEPT SPOX SAYS RECENT SHIPMENTS OF WEAPONS AND VEHICLES INTO UKRAINE "INDICATE A RUSSIAN-DIRECTED COUNTEROFFENSIVE IS LIKELY UNDERWAY IN DONETSK AND LUHANSK" *

SR US DEFENSE OFFICIAL SAYS RUSSIA HAS MORE THAN 1000 TROOPS CURRENTLY FIGHTING INSIDE UKRAINE *

PRES OBAMA AND EUROPEAN LEADERS ARE SET TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE AT NEXT WEEK'S NATO SUMMIT *

WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERING A HUMANITARIAN MISSION IN IRAQ TO HELP AN ETHNIC MINORITY GROUP UNDER SIEGE BY ISIS TERRORISTS *

POTENTIAL RELIEF OP WOULD AID SHIITE TURKMEN IN NORTHERN IRAQ, WHO HAVE LARGELY BEEN CUT OFF FROM ACCESS TO FOOD OR WATER *

AN ESTIMATED 12,000 TO 15,000 TURKMEN ARE CURRENTLY SURROUNDED BY ISIS TERRORISTS IN THE CITY OF AMIRLI, ABOUT 100 MILES NORTH OF BAGHDAD *

WORD OF A POTENTIAL HUMANITARIAN OP COMING AFTER A UN OFFICIAL WARNED OF A POSSIBLE "MASSACRE" IN AMIRLI *

MISSOURI NATL GUARD WITHDRAWS FROM FERGUSON AFTER WEEKS OF UNREST FOLLOWING THE FATAL SHOOTING OF 18-YR-OLD MICHAEL BROWN BY POLICE *

THE MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL AND COUNTY POLICE WILL CONTINUE TO OVERSEE SECURITY IN THE ST LOUIS SUBURB *

LOCAL AND FED INVESTIGATIONS ARE ONGOING INTO THE AUG 9 SHOOTING OF BROWN BY FERGUSON POLICE OFFICER DARREN WILSON *

STATE DEPT WORKING TO CONFIRM REPORTS OF THE DEATH OF A SECOND AMERICAN FIGHTING WITH ISIS IN SYRIA *

STATE DEPT SPOX JEN PSAKI SAYS THE DEPT IS AWARE OF THE REPORTS, BUT "NOT IN A POSITION" TO CONFIRM THEIR VERACITY *

ON TUES, THE U.S. GOVT CONFIRMED THE DEATH OF U.S. CITIZEN DOUGLAS MCARTHUR MCCAIN IN SYRIA *

MCCAIN, A NATIVE OF MINNESOTA, TRAVELED TO SYRIA TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE ISIS TERRORISTS, ACCORDING TO U.S. OFFICIALS *

MASSIVE RESCUE OP UNDERWAY FOR THE PILOT OF A FIGHTER JET THAT CRASHED IN WESTERN VIRGINIA WED MORNING *

COL JAMES KEEFE OF THE 104TH FIGHTER WING OF THE MASSACHUSETTS NATL GUARD SAYS THE JET CRASHED IN A REMOTE AND HEAVILY WOODED AREA NEAR GEORGE WASHINGTON NATL FOREST *

AUTHORITIES SAY THE EXPERIENCED PILOT REPORTED AN INFLIGHT EMERGENCY, BEFORE LOSING RADAR CONTACT *

IT IS UNCLEAR IF THE PILOT EJECTED *

JET FIGHTER WAS EN ROUTE FROM MASSACHUSETTS TO NEW ORLEANS FOR A ROUTINE RADAR SYSTEMS UPGRADE *