An American dies in Syria fighting for ISIS. Israel and Hamas agree to an open-ended ceasefire. And Burger King moves its buns north.
It's Wednesday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
AMERICANS FIGHTING FOR ISIS
American Douglas McAuthur McCain died over the weekend, fighting for the Islamist group ISIS in Syria. The news shocked many in the United States, but State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says "Dozens of Americans, perhaps up to 100," are among those who have tried to join various militant groups there. The developments come as Washington is weighing its options and may expand its airstrikes against ISIS from Iraq to Syria.
Truce and talks:
After more than seven weeks of heavy fighting, Israel and Hamas have agreed to an open-ended ceasefire. The truce announced yesterday puts off dealing with core long-term issues on both sides of a bitter conflict that has killed around 2,200 people. But Israel agreed to ease the blockade on Gaza, open border crossings for more aid to pass through and extend the fishing limit off the coast to 6 miles, according to a senior Egyptian government official. Both sides agreed to return to Cairo for further Egyptian-mediated talks, the official said.
MICHAEL BROWN SHOOTING
Could a newly released audio recording provide more clues on what led up to Michael Brown's shooting death? The FBI has questioned a man who says he recorded audio of gunfire at the time Brown was shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police on August 9, the man's attorney told CNN. In the recording, a quick series of shots can be heard, followed by a pause and then another quick succession of shots. It's difficult to prove from the audio why the pause took place or which narrative of events it supports. There are conflicting stories of what happened that day.
Dollars to doughnuts:
Burger King is heading north of the border. The chain has announced a deal to buy Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons and will base itself in Canada. It's a controversial move. Critics says Burger King is doing it to save on taxes. It's a charge the company denies. Burger King said Canada is where it will have 80% of its outlets once the deal is complete. Overall, it expects about two-thirds of its revenue to come from Canada, one-fifth from the United States and the rest from overseas locations.
Cutting its workforce:
Turner Broadcasting, CNN's parent company, has announced a voluntary buyout program for about 6% of its U.S.-based employees. The corporation is trying to increase profitability across Turner's portfolio of cable channels, which include CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, HLN, Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network. The effort could eventually involve layoffs and other cost-cutting measures, as well. They buyout is being offered to employees who have been with the company for more than 10 years and are at least 55 years old.