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BY MORGAN WHITAKER

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

Today we're following new concerns over the threat Islamic State militants pose to the United States, the latest developments in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas and a big weather prediction for this coming winter.
AOL.com's Snapshot: The stories you need to see
The aftermath of the beheading of American journalist James Foley continues as his family releases the contents of an email they received from ISIS and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warns the group poses "an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it's in Iraq or anywhere else." Hagel cautioned Thursday that the Islamic State militants are worse than a typical terrorist group and "beyond anything we've seen." Hagel and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey noted recent airstrikes have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces in Iraq but that ISIS will likely regroup and that more U.S. intervention may be warranted. "We're looking at all options," Hagel said. 
The unrest that has plagued Ferguson for nearly two weeks has begun to subside. Now some are beginning to propose some reforms in the wake of the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. A possible solution? Body cameras. The simple, lapel-mounted gadgets could record police activity and help to provide an account that could be used to clear up concerns over who did what in future interactions between public and law enforcement. Do you think this is a good idea? 
The superstar is out. Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis made a splash at this year's Little League World Series, but her team lost Thursday evening in South Williamsport, Pa., ending her chances at pitching in the championship game. That game will happen this Saturday, pitting the boys from Las Vegas, known for their sluggers, against the Jackie Robinson West team, the first all-black team from Chicago to make it to the Little League World Series since 1983. 
A day after an Israel airstrike took out three top Hamas military leaders, Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies, including two women. According to Hamas media, the killings are part of a new crackdown, with Hamas promising they will be "choking the necks of the collaborators" and threatening to kill any other alleged informants they discover.  
If you're on the East coast and getting sick of the summer heat, you can look forward to bundling up this winter. The Old Farmer's Almanac has released its predictions for this coming year, and says a "super-cold" winter will take over the eastern two-thirds of the country. Last winter may have seen a polar vortex or two, but this one will bring a "refriger-nation" according to the almanac's editor. But life will be a little easier for those of you out west, where the temps are expected to stay a bit warmer than usual. 
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