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world lead

September 8th, 2014
06:09 PM ET

Terrorist in James Foley video close to being identified

(CNN) – The beheading of American James Foley was the moment, by the estimation of many, that ISIS declared war on the United States of America.

Now, nearly three weeks since the release of the video showing Foley's execution, there may be some progress on finding the man in that video.

CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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sports lead

September 8th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Analyst: New Ray Rice tape irrelevant, NFL knew about the violence back in February

(CNN) – He's an NFL star who was suspended for just two games and even called a "heck of a guy" by his coach after a violent confrontation with his wife in a casino elevator.

But now that video has surfaced showing exactly what went down in that elevator, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's NFL career may be over.
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world lead

September 8th, 2014
05:52 PM ET

Congressmen: What Obama should say about ISIS

(CNN) – President Obama will have his chance to lay one out a strategy for defeating ISIS when he goes before the American people with a highly-anticipated speech Wednesday.

And whatever course he decides to take, he'd do well to be clear and decisive – a new CNN/ORC poll finds ISIS scares many Americans, and they're ready to take the fight to them harder.

So what do lawmakers want to hear from the President when he lays out his strategy?

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, member of the House Intelligence Committee, discuss in the video above.

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national lead

September 8th, 2014
05:41 PM ET

How to protect your children against a respiratory virus hitting the Midwest

(CNN) – A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals in Missouri and possibly throughout the Midwest and beyond, officials say.

The unusually high number of hospitalizations reported now could be "just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," said Mark Pallansch, a virologist and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Diseases.

Ten states have contacted the CDC for assistance in investigating clusters of enterovirus: Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky. Four - Colorado, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa - have confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68, also known as EV-D68.

Enteroviruses, which bring on symptoms like a very intense cold, aren't unusual.

"If you have any respiratory difficulty, that's when you're going to have to access care. That's why it's so important for children who have a history of asthma, to get that under control," said pediatric infectious disease physician Dr. Christine Nyquist.

To protect children against enteroviruses, parents should follow the same steps to avoid catching a cold: cover mouths when coughing, wash hands, avoid others who are sick, and vaccinate against influenza and whooping cough, said Nyquist.

For more of our interview with Dr. Christine Nyquist, check out the video above.

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