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The Fitz File: August 20, 2014

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. - Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.

AMERICAN JOURNALIST EXECUTED - President Obama today is expected to make a statement about the execution of American journalist James Foley's. Islamic State extremist group ISIS posted a horrifying video showing, Foley being made to read a statement demanding the United States end it's airstrikes U.S. in northern Iraq, the gruesome video showS the result of Foley's decapitation by a masked man. It ends with threats to kill another hostage Journalist Steven Sotloff who was kidnaped near Turkey in 2013. US officials are weighing their options.

VIRGINIA SAME SEX MARRIAGE - Virginia officials are preparing for the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to get married in the state Thursday by drafting a new marriage license for courthouse clerks to use as soon. The state's ban on same-sex marriages was struck down by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, same-sex marriages will be legal beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday. The UCLA School of Law estimates between 5,487 and 7,122 same-sex Virginia couples would get married in the next 3 years.

MARYLAND WIND FARM - Maryland coastline may be dotted with windmills in the near future. An Italian renewable-energy company won the rights to develop offshore wind projects in nearly 80,000 acres of Atlantic waters off Maryland's coast with an $8.7 million bid Tuesday. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management declared US Wind Inc. the provisional winner of a daylong auction for a pair of federal leases 10 nautical miles offshore, where federal officials say enough turbines could be placed to power 300,000 homes.

NO FLY LIST CHANGES - The White House says it will work with the Justice Department to change the way travelers request to get off the no-fly list of terror suspects who are banned from air travel. The news comes after a federal judge's ruling that there was no real way to challenge being on the list, a situation the judge says is unconstitutional. People complained they only found out they were on the list at the airport, and never were able to find a way to appeal. The D.O.J. says they will change the process during the next 6 months. A year ago nearly 48,000 people were on the no-fly list.

Today's Weather:

@NWS_BaltWash: Should have a dry AM. Sct showers/t-storms may be developing by lunch in the mtns; for the drive home along I-95. http://t.co/yhNEWs9TqP

Today's History:

In 1866, President Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over, months after fighting had stopped.
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In 1882, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" had its premiere in Moscow.

In 1953, the Soviet Union publicly acknowledged it had tested a hydrogen bomb.

Today's Quote:

"I must govern the clock, not be governed by it" - Golda Meir
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