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August Escape? Not from Pledge

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Viewers take the temperature of pledge specials and some find too many doctors is not healthy for fund-raising and for PBS. Continue


Israeli strikes kill members of Hamas leadership

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A pre-dawn Israeli airstrike killed three senior Hamas military leaders Thursday. Thousands of Palestinians marched through the streets of Gaza as part of their funeral procession. Meanwhile, a top Hamas official acknowledged for the first time that his group was responsible for the kidnapping of Israeli teens, whose death sparked the ongoing conflict. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue


McDonnell uses broken marriage to fight corruption charges

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell returned to the stand in his public corruption trial, describing in detail how relations with his wife had broken down in order to show that the couple could not have jointly engaged in a criminal conspiracy. If convicted, the one-time rising star in GOP politics could face as much as 20 years in prison. Judy Woodruff learns more from Craig Carper of WCVE. Continue


More details emerge on failed mission to rescue James Foley

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Judy Woodruff talks to The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung about the U.S.’ attempt to rescue American journalist James Foley before his murder, and the country’s policy not to pay ransoms to terrorists. Continue


Killing of three leaders deals demoralizing blow to Hamas

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Following this week’s cease-fire collapse, Israeli airstrikes killed multiple Hamas leaders in Gaza. The Associated Press’s Josef Federman, reporting from Jerusalem, talks to Hari Sreenivasan about news that a member of Hamas has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens, plus the prospects of either side returning to the negotiating table. Continue


PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Thursday on the NewsHour, we take a look at the members, mission and tactics of the Islamic State group. Also: Bank of America makes a record settlement with the Justice Department, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell takes the stand in his public corruption trial, Israeli strikes kill several Hamas leaders in Gaza and two Americans who were treated for Ebola return home. Continue


Actress-humanitarian Mira Sorvino

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The Oscar-winning actress talks about her new BBC America series, the science fiction thriller "Intruders." Continue


Behind the mysterious holes in Siberia

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When holes opened up in the earth recently in Siberia, a wave of speculation was set off as to their cause. Scientists are now pinpointing a dramatic increase in arctic thawing, which may have released methane once trapped below the frozen ground. For a better understanding, Judy Woodruff talks to Tom Wagner of NASA. Continue


Holder promises full and fair investigation in Ferguson

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Attorney General Eric Holder arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, to meet with the family of Michael Brown, as well as other community members, and receive an update from the FBI on the federal civil rights investigation of the shooting. Officials hoped more subdued overnight protests mean the violence that has plagued the St. Louis suburb is beginning to subside. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue


PBS NewsHour | Full Episode | Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Wednesday on the NewsHour, we remember American journalist and NewsHour contributor James Foley, who was murdered by Islamic State militants. Also: a look at the humanitarian crisis in refugee camps along the Iraq-Syria border, local perspectives on the violent protests in Ferguson, keeping American manufacturing jobs from moving to China and new findings linked to arctic thawing. Continue


News Wrap: National Guard to pull out of Ferguson

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In our news wrap Thursday, the governor of Missouri ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. A police officer was suspended for pointing a semi-automatic rifle at a crowd of protesters Tuesday night, and threatening to kill one of them. Also, a college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice charges. Continue


American doctor speaks out about his Ebola recovery

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The 33-year-old American doctor Kent Brantley was infected with the Ebola virus while working in a hospital in Liberia, but has reportedly made a full recovery. Standing alongside the medical team that treated him in Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital, Brantley recalled the month-long battle for his life. Judy Woodruff has the story. Continue


U.S. vows killers of James Foley will be ‘held accountable’

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The Justice Department opened a criminal investigation into the murder of American journalist James Foley in Syria. That news came after word that earlier this summer a U.S. raid targeted an Islamic State site in Northern Syria in hopes of rescuing the reporter and other captives. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the mission, saying it was not an intelligence failure. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Bank of America to pay nearly $17B over housing crisis

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Bank of America will pay nearly $17 billion for its role in writing and securitizing risky home loans in the run up the housing crisis. For a closer look at the Justice Department deal, and the impact it and earlier bank settlements might have on Wall Street and across the U.S., Hari Sreenivasan talks to Dennis Kelleher of Better Markets and Lynn Stout of Cornell University. Continue


How is Islamic State different from other extremist groups?

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Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution and Steven Simon of the Middle East Institute join Judy Woodruff to discuss the threat the Islamic State poses and how they’re recruiting members, including westerners. Continue


Actor-activist George Takei

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One of the original "Star Trek" cast members, Takei discusses the new documentary on his life, "To Be Takei." Continue


Life on the Line: Coming of Age Between Two Nations

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Life on the Line illuminates the changing face of America through the personal story of 11-year-old Kimberly Torrez. Continue


Ferguson residents speak to town’s tragedy

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Amid protest and tension over the killing of Michael Brown, the residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are contemplating what the events in their community mean for them and the whole country. Hari Sreenivasan offers an array of voices from Ferguson. Continue


Remembering journalist James Foley

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James Foley’s journalistic career spanned multiple countries and conflicts; his reporting from Afghanistan and Libya appeared on the NewsHour, as well as other news outlets. Gwen Ifill remembers Foley and discusses the dangers reporters face with Charles Sennott, co-founder of GlobalPost, and Robert Mahoney of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Continue


News Wrap: Israel and Hamas resume fierce attacks

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In our news wrap Wednesday, a strike by Israel targeted the head of Hamas’ military wing in a new round of attacks, but Gazans say it instead killed his wife and son. Also, police and soldiers in Liberia enforced an Ebola quarantine in a Monrovia neighborhood by firing live ammunition and tear gas after angry residents stormed the barricades. It was unclear whether anyone was hurt. Continue


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