In the Know: September 5, 2014

“We will be more forthright in the defense of our values, not least because a world of greater freedom is a fundamental part of how we keep our people safe.” President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron, in a joint editorial in the Times of London declaring that their nations will “not be cowed” by extremists who have killed two American journalists.

Nation
Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence late Monday; late Wednesday night a violent disturbance broke out involving more than 20 teens at the same facility.

On Thursday, fast-food workers who say they aren’t lovin’ their wages went on strike in 150 cities to gain support for earning $15 an hour.

World
On Tuesday, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video showing the killing of freelance reporter Steven Sotloff. A masked militant warns President Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant group continue, “our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” 

A NATO summit in Wales is underway with major international crises on the agenda. The group is set to discuss how to deal with ISIS in Iraq and Syria and Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned NATO against offering any kind of membership to Ukraine, saying any move in that direction would represent “a blatant attempt to derail all the efforts” toward a peaceful resolution of the conflict.

Politics
The U.S. Department of Justice is looking into years of activity for any violation of civil rights by the police in Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer on August 9.

A federal judge has upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, as well as the state’s refusal to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states.

Business
CVS Caremark has followed through with its long-promised cigarette ban, as the tobacco-free pharmacy chain officially changed its name to CVS Health.

BP bears the majority of responsibility among the companies involved in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge ruled Thursday, citing the energy giant’s reckless conduct in a ruling that exposes the company to billions of dollars in penalties.

Health
Ebola update: Nancy Writebol has survived the diease after being evacuated from Liberia one month ago. 

Women’s Affairs
The Senate may revisit a Democratic measure this month that, like minimum wage, was blocked by Republicans earlier this year: putting pressure on employers to pay female workers the same as men. 

The entertainment world has lost a legend. Pioneering comedian Joan Rivers, the queen of “Can We Talk” gossip, has died. Rivers’ career wasn’t simply a long and successful one — it was also a groundbreaking one. Thanks for paving the way, Joan.

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