Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. U.S. MILITARY PLANES ARRIVE IN WEST AFRICA
As regional leaders plead for the world’s help in dealing with the Ebola outbreak, more American Marines arrived in Liberia with supplies.
2. REPORT: ISLAMIC STATE GROUP RUSHES IN REINFORCEMENTS
The U.S.-led coalition intensified its aerial bombardment in the Syrian border town of Kobani as the extremist group fought street battles with Kurdish forces.
3. FRUSTRATION TURNS TO ELATION FOR GAY COUPLES IN NEVADA
Same-sex couples can now exchange their vows in the self-proclaimed marriage capital of the world — ending a dizzying legal fight that kept them waiting for days.
4. TURKEY PLAYING CHICKEN WITH NATO
As Islamic State militants continue their assault, Turkey says it won’t join the fight unless the U.S.-led coalition also attacks the Syrian government.
5. WHY CUBANS ARE FLOCKING TO AMERICA
Emigration has risen dramatically since the island lifted travel restrictions last year, with most new arrivals passing through Mexico or flying straight to the U.S.
6. OBAMA IS ALL IN WITH HIS ECONOMIC PITCH
In a campaign strategy fraught with risk, the White House is betting that Obama’s tight embrace of the economic recovery will galvanize his core supporters.
7. ST. LOUIS SHOOTING REIGNITES ANGER AMONG ACTIVISTS
Police say Vonderrit D. Myers was shot after he opened fire on a white, off-duty officer, but Myers’ parents say he was unarmed.
8. FINANCIAL MARKETS ON ROLLER COASTER RIDE
The stock market had its worst day of the year Thursday, just 24 hours after recording its best.
9. METHANE HOT SPOT FOUND IN U.S.
A surprising patch of the potent global-warming gas hovers over part of the southwestern U.S., hinting that the EPA has underestimated leaks of natural gas.
10. WHAT’S THAT FLAVOR
They help give Coke its distinctive bite and Doritos its cheesy kick. But the artificial and natural flavors used to rev up the taste of processed foods remain a mystery to most Americans.