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Making the news a little more digestible, Snapshot is your quick guide to the biggest stories of the day.
Today we're following the truly massive settlement Bank of America will pay for its role in the run-up to the financial crisis and the release of the two Americans treated for Ebola here in the states. And even for those who might be fed up with the trend, the last ice bucket challenge you need to see.
Empty out your vaults, Bank of America. The second largest U.S. bank has reached a historic $16.65 billion settlement with federal and state regulators after admitting that it misled investors into buying risky mortgage-backed securities-- something that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said "goes far beyond 'the cost of doing business." The deal dwarfs other big bank's settlements, including JPMorgan and Citigroup, according to Fortune. How's that for a new record?
From Ebola doctor to Ebola patient, and now recovered. American aid workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol have been released from the hospital where they had been receiving treatment for the disease they contracted while working with patients in West Africa. According to doctors, neither show any remaining symptoms of the disease and pose no health threat to the public. Brantly declared upon his release, "Today is a miraculous day."
In response to James Foley’s beheading, the President made it clear in a news conference that he thinks ISIS is a ‘cancer’ that needs to be wiped out. But it seems like he’s been trying to eradicate the influence of the Islamic militants for far longer than the American public has been aware. This summer, Obama sent special ops troops to Syria on a secret mission to rescue hostages, including Foley, but to no avail. “Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately not successful because the hostages were not present,” the president’s top counterterrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, said in a statement.
Philadelphia pitcher Mo'ne Davis has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and become a national sensation, but she didn't get to deliver a win for the Taney Dragons Wednesday night. The strong hitters of Nevada ultimately triumphed over Philly 8-1, with Mo'ne giving up three runs in the early innings she pitched. But that doesn't mean you've seen the last of her. Her coach pulled her from the mound early, leaving her eligible to pitch again later in the tournament.
It's possible that we've reached a peak in the Ice Bucket Challenge (we're looking at you, Anna Wintour). But feign ignorance for a moment and pretend you didn't watch everyone and their mother dump a bucket of ice cold water on their head and watch this moving, meaningful video from a man who was just diagnosed with ALS at the age of 26.
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