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BY ALEXIS SHAW and MORGAN WHITAKER

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

Today we're following President Obama's reaction to the video purporting to show Islamic State militants beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff, the possibility of lobster disappearing from the shores of Maine and -- get ready for it -- a new "Frozen" film.
AOL.com's Snapshot: The stories you need to see
Maine without lobsters? Cape Cod without cod? Please don't let it be true! Sadly, it's already starting to happen. Scientists are pointing the blame at warming sea temperatures, especially in the Gulf of Maine, for causing fish to swim away from the region for colder waters. Seeing as the gulf's water temperatures are rising faster than 99 percent of the world's oceans, it's apparent that "these changes are very real," said Malin Pinsky, a biology professor at Rutgers University. Backing Pinsky up is Jeff Young, a spokesman for Pew Charitable Trust's ocean projects. "The warming is already here and we have to deal with it." 

"Our reach is long and justice will be served." President Obama strongly condemned Islamic State militants Wednesday after the release of a new video of the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The images of Sotloff’s death mark the second such video released by ISIS militants, after the same group killed fellow journalist James Foley in August. Obama vowed the U.S. would not forget the "terrible crime against these two fine young men." He did not, however, give a timeline for when American efforts to prevent such deaths might begin. The U.S. has waged airstrikes in recent weeks to help curb the group's efforts in Iraq, providing some humanitarian relief to ethnic minorities in the region, but has limited its engagement so far. Meanwhile, the president has assigned another 350 troops to help protect Americans in Baghdad, which brings the total number of U.S. troops in Iraq to more than 1,000. 

Wednesday marks a major day for female leaders in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe selected five women for his Cabinet, sending the strongest message about his determination to alter Japan's outdated views on gender. With his selections, the country's prime minister is looking to bring more women on board as workers and leaders -- and has even set a goal of having women in 30 percent of leadership roles in both the public and private sectors by 2020. Right now, women make up just 10 percent of parliament and just 3.9 percent of board members at Japanese companies. "Realizing a society where women can shine is a challenge our Cabinet has undertaken," he said in a news conference on Wednesday. "I look forward to the wind of change these women will bring.

We may learn more about Michael Brown's past today as a judge considers whether or not to release the juvenile records of the 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a Missouri police officer last month in a suburb of St. Louis. Two lawsuits before the judge seek to have Brown's juvenile record released. Police have said Brown had no record as an adult, but have not addressed any run ins with the cops that may have occurred prior to his 18th birthday, because it is prohibited by Missouri law. The St. Louis County Family Court will weigh the merits of both sides of the debate. St. Louis Post-Dispatch and a California-based online journalist argue the public has a right to know about his background, while others contend his right to privacy should extend beyond the grave. 

Kids and parents across the nation can rejoice — we're getting "Frozen" again. Some of the favorite characters from the hit animated film will make an appearance in a brand new short flick by Disney. Anna, Elsa, Olaf and more will be coming back in "Frozen Fever" set to be released next spring. There will be a new song for the short, but at this point none of the actors involved with the original hit animated feature have confirmed their involvement with the new project, which begs the question: Is it really Elsa if Idina Menzel isn't singing? 

Allison Williams gave fans a sneak peek of how she'll embody J. M. Barrie's beloved hero, Peter Pan, on NBC come winter. The "GIRLS" star took to Instagram to post a first look at the costume she'll wear to play the boy who never wants to grow up. "The transformation begins! My first shoot as Pan," she wrote. "Fun fact: I was all ready to cut my hair, then was told by the folks who actually know what they're doing that a wig works better for everybody. So, December 4th, here we come. #wiglife #peterpanlive #nbc"" 

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Didn't get in front of a TV today? Check out the Midday Mashup: In this edition, we highlight "Today" anchor Willie Geist trying to mimic the viral dancing guardsman and failing, Lara Spencer making a special announcement to her fellow "Good Morning America" anchors and "Fox & Friends" host Brian Kilmeade pointing out meteorologist Maria Molina wasn’t wearing her usual footwear.
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