Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

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Markets are struggling to take another step forward ahead of some big announcements.

Ferguson streets were calm until bottles fly

Ferguson August 20

There were high hopes that the nightly protests in Ferguson would end peacefully for a change Tuesday. That promise held out for most of the evening -- until a…

What we know about Ferguson

Events are unfolding at a rapid pace in Ferguson, Missouri. The city has been in turmoil since August 9, when white city police officer Darren Wilson fatally…

Michael Brown shooting: Who's who in Ferguson

Missouri governor Jay Nixon

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

As tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, have bubbled, one official after another has taken the lead, grappling to figure out how to stop it from coming to a…

Strikes, counter strikes resume in Mideast

Israel targets Hamas Aug. 20

The depressing cycle of strikes and counter strikes between Israel and Hamas resumed as talks for a longer term truce fell apart.

Since the ceasefire crumbled…

Becker shocked by Djokovic backlash

It wasn't often Boris Becker was caught out by a barrage of volleys on the court -- but the tennis great says he was stunned by the level of criticism he…

Flat Russian beer market hits Carlsberg

Beer sales in Russia are losing their fizz as the economy grinds to a halt, hurting Western brewers such as Carlsberg.

The Danish company warned Wednesday that…

ISIS claims it has beheaded American journalist

James Foley in helmet

Courtesy Dan Shakal

ISIS has released a video that it says shows the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.

James Foley remembered as 'brave' journalist

James Foley CNN

For James Foley's family and friends, a purported ISIS recording was the answer they hoped they'd never hear to their questions about his disappearance.

Beheading of James Foley recalls past horrors

The beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS militants has stirred grim memories, bringing into focus once again the risks faced by reporters in…

Heavy rains, landslides kill 27 in Japan

Japan landslide

Residents combed through mud and debris looking for bodies of their loved ones after heavy rains triggered landslides that swallowed up homes in the western…

Patient tested for possible Ebola exposure in California

Ebola virus

CDC

Another patient is being tested in the United States for possible Ebola exposure -- this time, in California.

U.N. embarks on huge aid airlift into Iraq

The U.N. refugee agency is due to begin a massive four-day airlift of aid Wednesday into northern Iraq, where fighting between Islamist extremists and Kurdish…

Protesters advance on Pakistan parliament

Anti-government protesters have managed to breach a high-security zone in Pakistan's capital, despite the presence of thousands of security personnel.

A…

Gunmen rob Saudi convoy in Paris

Gunmen attacked a Saudi Embassy convoy in Paris on Sunday, stealing 250,000 euros ($334,000) and diplomatic documents, French police say.

According to a police…

Police: Kids, adults hostage after robbery

Hours after two robbery suspects shot at police and took eight people hostage, the standoff inside a suburban Chicago home continued early Wednesday .…

Planned Malaysian attacks 'not ISIS-linked'

There are no immediate links between the 19 people arrested on suspicion of planning terror attacks on Malaysia's administrative capital, Putrajaya, and the…

"I thought life would be better after the recession. Not worse."

--John Smith, unemployed construction worker

"These amendments may very likely duck the House's specific definition of what constitutes an earmark, but that doesn't mean it's not pork.

--Leslie Paige of Citizens Against Government Waste

"Folks are beyond homeless here. Their homes don't exist ... the power and destruction here was unimaginable."

--Missouri Gov. Jay Dixon following a devastating tornado that killed more than 150 people.

""There's a lot of things happening that can change the dynamic of this race from the past. So it will certainly be interesting to see."

--former Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneve on the Indy 500.

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