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Washington's Top News -- Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday - 8/21/2014, 3:59am  ET

Here's a look at some of the day's top stories from WTOP:

Israeli air strikes kill 3 senior Hamas leaders

The Islamic militant group Hamas says three of its senior military leaders have been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas says the three (Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar) were killed in the Israeli airstrike near the southern town of Rafah early Thursday. Palestinian police say a total of at least six people were killed in the strike.

Officials: US rescue mission in Syria failed

The Obama administration is not ruling out the prospect of a military operation in Syria to bring to justice those responsible for an American journalist's beheading.

The administration revealed Wednesday that President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages held by Islamic State extremists. But the hostages were not at the location intelligence had identified.

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware

Some customers of The UPS Store may have had their credit and debit card information exposed by a computer virus found on systems at 51 stores. A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes card numbers, postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11.

UPS spokeswoman Chelsea Lee says the company is not aware of any fraud related to the attack. Atlanta-based UPS says it hired a security firm that found the virus in systems at stores in 24 states, about 1 percent of the company's 4,470 franchised locations.

US launches more strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq

Despite threats by militants to kill more American hostages in Syria, the U.S. on Wednesday launched a new barrage of airstrikes in Iraq against the militant group Islamic State.

Militants have said that they beheaded American journalist James Foley in retaliation for recent U.S. airstrikes on militants. And they're threatening to kill another journalist.

Quieter protests in Ferguson

Authorities in Ferguson, Missouri say Wednesday's crowds of protesters were much smaller than they've been, since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer.

State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson says there were no fires and no shootings, and officers used no tear gas or mace. Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson Wednesday and met with federal officials investigating the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Holder also met with Brown's parents.

A new development against ‘superbugs'?

‘Superbugs' -- antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- infect more than 2 million Americans a year, killing 23,000 and causing about $20 billion in excess healthcare spending. But a doctor in Ireland may have found a new way to fight them. On WTOP's Living page, Rachel Nania talks with the doctor who may have cracked what the CDC calls "one of our most serious health threats."

Pet-friendly dating sites help users find animal attraction

Some dating sites match people with similar religious beliefs, political affiliations or cultural interests, so why not sites for people whose pets are an important part of their lives? The people who use such sites as say the question of compatibility with pets is going to come up sooner or later; others say there's enough pressure on first dates as it is. On WTOP's Tech page, find out which sites put pets up there with walks on the beach, who swears by the sites and why.

The Godfather of Go-Go lives on

The next time you feel like bustin' loose, you'll know exactly where to go -- Chuck Brown Memorial Park opens Friday, honoring the legacy of one of D.C.'s musical heroes. On WTOP's Entertainment page, Alicia Lozano has architects' drawings of what it looks like, and she talks with the chief designer about the features of the park - and why it carries a special importance for him.

Yes We Canseco: A slugger's legacy

Jose Canseco retired in 2001, but in a real way he's never left baseball. His book ‘Juiced' tore the cover off the steroid era, and while he was vilified for it, much of the book eventually checked out. It was in some ways his biggest accomplishment, but it's also pushed him to the periphery of the game he loves, in a weird world mixing Twitter whimsy and barnstorming showmanship, as. On WTOP's Sports page, Noah Frank talks with the man who has the challenge of dealing with the fallout from the slugger's manic ideas, learns how Canseco really feels about writing the book and finds out what he's up to now.

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