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A high bar: Legal experts had said all along that it’d be a high bar — to get a federal indictment for Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Even then, the news last night came as a surprise to many. Sources told CNN that an FBI investigation into the August shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, is complete and it found there’s not enough evidence to charge Wilson with the federal crime of violating Brown’s civil rights. So, what’s next? The final Justice Department report’s not done yet. The Brown family says it’ll wait for official word before commenting. “The family won’t address speculation from anonymous sources,” attorney Benjamin Crump said.


Questions abound: After days of turmoil and talks of a coup in Yemen, the government and Houthi rebels reached a tentative deal yesterday. The rebels agreed to release the President’s chief of staff and withdraw their militias from key government buildings. In return, they want to see changes in the constitution. That brings up a whole host of questions: What will a new constitution look like? How much power will the rebels get? Will President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi be reduced to a figurehead? But the fact that the sides are talking is good news — for Yemen, and for the U.S. Yemen’s a key ally in the fight against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and the power vacuum could have helped the militants get a stronger foothold.


Time running out: On Tuesday, ISIS put out a video giving the Japanese government 72 hours to pony up $200 million, or else two Japanese hostages — like other ISIS captives before them — will be killed. That deadline will come at 12:50 a.m. ET Friday. Japan says it’ll do its best to communicate with ISIS, but so far Tokyo hasn’t heard a thing from ISIS. What happens next for both men is up to ISIS. Taking hostages has been part of its playbook. And not only has ISIS beheaded many of them, it’s made a show of it by recording their deaths and posting them online.

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