AOL.com's Snapshot: The stories you need to see

BY ALEXIS SHAW and MORGAN WHITAKER

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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AOL.com's Snapshot: The stories you need to see

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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