Latest on Syria crisis
The CIA has been delivering weapons to rebels in Syria over the past two weeks, with contributions of vehicles and other equipment from the State Department, The Washington Post is reporting. Separately, Russian President Vladimir Putin, writing in the New York Times, said "there is every reason to believe'' poison gas was used in Syria by opposition rebels rather than that nation's military. Later Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry will hold talks with his Russian counter part in Geneva.
N. Korea may be restarting plutonium reactor
North Korea may be restarting a nuclear reactor that could produce weapons-grade plutonium, U.S. researchers say. An Aug. 31 commercial satellite photo shows what appears to be steam coming from a building at the Yongbyon complex, the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies said in a report shared with the Associated Press.
Flash floods in Colorado
Areas in the vicinity of Boulder, Colo., are being hit by severe flash flooding early Thursday that has killed at least one person, according to local media reports.
Health law smoking penalties could hit poor the hardest
Smokers — and chewers — in some states may have to pay as much as 50% more in premiums than non-smokers if they sign up for insurance through state health exchanges that open next month, according to provisions in the Affordable Care Act. Because smokers incur more health costs than non-smokers, supporters of the rule say, it makes sense for them to pay for the higher costs. If tobacco users have to pay higher fees, their argument goes, they may be more apt to quit.
Tina Brown to leave the Daily Beast
Tina Brown, the high-profile magazine editor who once oversaw The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, will step down as editor of online news site The Daily Beast. IAC, the media company controlled by billionaire Barry Diller and owner of The Daily Beast, will let Brown's contract expire in January, according to BuzzFeed, which broke the story.