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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 NATO's next moves for tackling ISIS, an unorthodox solution that may help in the battle to control the spread of Ebola and the Justice Department's plans to investigate the practices of the Ferguson, Mo., police department.

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It's a bird… it's a plane… it's a house? A newly discovered asteroid will get pretty close to Earth this weekend. Don't worry Chicken Little, the sky is not falling. This roughly house-sized object was only discovered this past weekend but it'll swing by our planet for a visit this coming Sunday. It's path will take it about about 10 times closer than our own moon, but should safely pass with little problem. If you want to take a look at this particular gem, you'll need a telescope -- and a ticket to New Zealand (if you're not already there.) It's expected to get relatively close to some of our big communications and weather satellites, but shouldn't hit any. As NASA notes, "While this celestial object does not appear to pose any threat to Earth or satellites, its close approach creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids."

9/4/81 - B'DAY

In case you haven't heard, it's Beyoncé's birthday. The Queen B turns 33 this year, although given her flawless looks, it doesn't look like she's aged one bit since she was thrust into the limelight with Destiny's Child (It's probably because she woke up like this). While it is surprising that the pop culture icon's birthday isn't already a national holiday, we look forward to seeing how the singer celebrates turning one year older, and assume that Jay and Blue will be an integral part of the festivities. 

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Didn't get in front of a TV today?

Check out the Midday Mashup: In this edition, we highlight "CBS This Morning" anchors attempting to welcome a new live reporter, but it didn’t work out quite as planned. We also see "Fox & Friends" anchors debating the color of Heather Childers' dress and "Today" calling out a man in the crowd named Elvis.

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