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Making the news a little more digestible, Snapshot is your quick guide to the biggest stories of the day.

The topics we're capturing include the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic militants and the social media blackout that's followed, the latest developments in Ferguson, as well as the Ebola crisis that has a West African capital in quarantine and a U.S. hospital on standby.

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In a horribly gruesome turn of events, a video of an ISIS militant beheading American journalist James Foley  surfaced online. To make matters worse, ISIS has also threatened to kill another hostage. Efforts to ramp down on the spread of the violent imagery is sweeping social media. A proposed #ISISMediaBlackout is spreading like wildfire as social networking sites try to block the video to keep ISIS out of the limelight. President Obama is expected to make a statement Wednesday on Foley’s death, while Foley's family said they 'have never been prouder' of their son. 

Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson, Mo., after another night clashes that led to police arresting 47 protesters overnight. Holder has condemned the violence that's plagued the community, calling for peaceful protesters to unite with police officers. Meanwhile, a grand jury may begin hearing evidence Wednesday relating to the shooting that has inspired more than a week of chaos, as they attempt to determine whether Police Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in Michael Brown's death.  

The Ebola outbreak continues to plague West Africa and has the rest of the world on high alert. Liberian military forces are working to seal a slum in the capital of Monrovia in order to quell the spread of the disease -- a move that unnerved many residents and reportedly sparked protests. Meanwhile, health officials in Sacramento may possibly be treating the first American case of Ebola. Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center announced late Tuesday they had quarantined a patient who recently returned from Sierra Leone and is displaying symptoms of the disease. 

At least 36 people are dead after a mud slide slashed through Hiroshima, Japan Wednesday. The Hiroshima Prefecture Police announced that an additional seven people remain unaccounted for after a month's worth of rain fell overnight, causing flooding and landslides throughout the city. Check out the heartbreaking and extraordinary images of this disaster. 

Snapchat, the app best known for self-destructing photos and salacious selfies, is looking to get into the news game. The start-up reportedly is in talks with a bevvy of content providers to deliver articles and video news straight to your phone, according to Engadget. Is disappearing news the latest trend in mobile consumption? It’s safe to say Snapchat is looking into it, and may have the answer as early as November. 


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