GRAND JURY BEGINS HEARING EVIDENCE WED TO DETERMINE WHETHER FERGUSON, MO, POLICE OFFICER DARREN WILSON SHOULD BE CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF 18-YR-OLD MICHAEL BROWN *

ATTY GEN ERIC HOLDER TRAVELED TO FERGUSON WED AND MET WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, COMMUNITY LEADERS AND BROWN'S PARENTS *

HOLDER SAYS HE'S CONFIDENT THE INVESTIGATION WILL DETERMINE WHETHER THE SHOOTING VIOLATED FED CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS *

THREE SR HAMAS MILITARY LEADERS KILLED IN AN ISRAELI AIRSTRIKE ON A HOUSE IN THE SOUTHERN GAZA TOWN OF RAFAH *

EARLIER THURS, PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS SAID SIX PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN THE RAFAH STRIKE AND THAT DOZENS REMAIN TRAPPED IN THE RUBBLE OF A FOUR-STORY BUILDING *

STRIKE IS ONE OF 20 THE ISRAELI MILITARY SAYS WERE CARRIED OUT SINCE MIDNIGHT ON WED AND FOLLOWS THE BREAKDOWN OF EGYPTIAN-MEDIATED TALKS AIMED AT PRODUCING A LONG-TERM TRUCE *

ISRAELI PRIME MIN BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAID WED THE ISRAELI MILITARY WILL CONTINUE ITS GAZA CAMPAIGN UNTIL THE COUNTRY HAS "ASSURED FULL SECURITY" *

U.S. FIGHTER JETS AND DRONES STEP UP ATTACKS ON ISIS TARGETS IN IRAQ *

PENTAGON SAID WED THAT U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIED OUT ANOTHER 14 STRIKES NEAR THE MOSUL DAM, WHICH KURDISH AND IRAQI FORCES RECENTLY RE-TOOK FROM ISIS *

MEANTIME, A SR U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS MILITARY PLANNERS ARE WEIGHING THE POSSIBILITY OF SENDING MORE U.S. TROOPS TO IRAQ TO PROVIDE ADDL SECURITY "IN AND AROUND BAGHDAD" *

PENTAGON SAYS U.S. SPECIAL FORCES TRIED TO RESCUE AMERICAN HOSTAGES IN SYRIA, INCLUDING SLAIN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY, BUT FAILED TO FIND THEM *

MISSION TARGETED A "CAPTOR NETWORK" INSIDE ISIS, AND INCLUDED "SEVERAL DOZEN" U.S. OPERATORS AND MULTIPLE AIRCRAFT *

THE MISSION WAS UNSUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THE HOSTAGES WERE NOT AT THE TARGETED LOCATION *

OFFICIALS SAY U.S. TROOPS ENGAGED IN A FIREFIGHT WITH ISIS TERRORISTS DURING THE MISSION, KILLING SEVERAL, INCLUDING SOME "SIGNIFICANT" MEMBERS *

AUTHORITIES IN FERGUSON, MO, SAY ONLY SIX PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED DURING PROTESTS WED NIGHT *

MO STATE HIGHWAY PATROL CAPTAIN RON JOHNSON SAYS IT "WAS A VERY GOOD NIGHT IN FERGUSON" AND THAT CROWDS HAVE LESSENED IN RECENT DAYS *

JOHNSON SAYS POLICE DID NOT DEPLOY TEAR GAS, SMOKE, OR MACE DURING WED NIGHT'S PROTESTS *

U.S. SUPREME COURT AGREES WED TO DELAY AN APPEALS COURT RULING STRIKING DOWN VA'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN *

APPEALS COURT RULING WOULD HAVE ALLOWED SAME-SEX COUPLES IN VA TO MARRY BEGINNING THURS MORNING AND WOULD HAVE REQUIRED THE STATE TO START RECOGNIZING GAY MARRIAGES FROM OUT OF STATE *

RULING OVERTURNING VA'S BAN IS THE THIRD SUCH DECISION BY A FED APPEALS COURT AND THE FIRST IN THE SOUTH *

VA VOTERS APPROVED A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN 2006 THAT BANNED GAY MARRIAGE AND PROHIBITED THE RECOGNITION OF SUCH MARRIAGES PERFORMED IN OTHER STATES *

JUDGE IN SAN DIEGO RULES A 13-YR-OLD GIRL IS COMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL ON ALLEGATIONS SHE DELIBERATELY STARTED A WILDFIRE NORTH OF SAN DIEGO IN MAY *

GIRL IS ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY STARTING THE COCOS FIRE, THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE OF NEARLY A DOZEN WILDFIRES THAT RIPPED THROUGH SOUTHERN CA, DESTROYING 36 HOMES AND ONE BUSINESS *

SHE PLEADED NOT GUILTY WED TO THREE FELONY COUNTS OF ARSON AND ONE MISDEMEANOR COUNT OF UNLAWFULLY ALLOWING A FIRE TO ESCAPE FROM ONE'S CONTROL *

UK PRESS REPORTS NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF THE ISIS TERRORIST WHO BEHEADED AMERICAN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY *

FORMER HOSTAGE TELLS THE UK GUARDIAN THE MAN HEADS A GROUP OF THREE BRITISH TERRORISTS WHOSE MAIN JOB IS TO GUARD FOREIGN HOSTAGES IN THE NORTHERN SYRIAN CITY OF RAQQA, AN ISIS STRONGHOLD *

CEO OF THE INTL NEWS SERVICE SLAIN JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY WORKED FOR SAYS ISIS THREATENED FOLEY'S EXECUTION IN "VITRIOLIC" TERMS IN AN E-MAIL SENT TO FOLEY'S FAMILY SOMETIME LAST WEEK *

NY TIMES REPORTS ISIS PRESSED THE U.S. TO PAY A $100 MIL RANSOM IN EXCHANGE FOR FOLEY'S RELEASE, WHICH WAS REFUSED *

IN ADDITION TO RANSOM DEMANDS, ISIS HAS REPORTEDLY SOUGHT PRISONER SWAPS *