Crisis in Iraq
August 8, 2014

In video released by Vice News on Thursday, a representative of the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared the organization's intention to continue its brutal sweep all the way to Washington, D.C. He also labeled cowardly the American use of drone strikes in the Middle East:

"I say to America that the Islamic Caliphate has been established. Don't be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House." [Vice News]

The video also depicts ISIS militants doing doughnuts in a tank, and a child who may be as young as nine declaring his desire to join the terrorist group. ISIS' brutal sweep through Iraq has prompted President Obama to renew American engagement there after announcing the completion of the War in Iraq, a move which critics have suggested could ultimately do more harm than good. Watch the video in full below. --Bonnie Kristian

Let's get ready to rumble over incomplete medical forms
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Manny Pacquiao's "fight of the century" against Floyd Mayweather could lead to another fight, this one more boring than the boxing match itself.

At issue is a shoulder injury Pacquiao suffered before the match. The boxer's camp says it notified the proper regulatory body, the United States Anti-Doping Agency, of the injury and received clearance for a treatment regimen involving anti-inflammatory shots. But boxing oversight is notoriously Byzantine, so the Nevada State Athletic Commission on Saturday refused to allow Pacquiao to take a last-minute shot, claiming it only learned of the injury hours before the fight. Specifically, the NSAC said Pacquiao did not disclose the injury on a pre-fight medical form.

Whether intentional or not, the omission could lead to a fine or a suspension for Pacquiao, according to The Associated Press.

"We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances," NSAC Chairman Francisco Aguilar told the AP. "At some point we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission, you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information." Jon Terbush

Thanks Obama!
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Need a raise? Don't ask your boss; ask Obama. On Tuesday, the White House initiated motions to reform overtime pay laws via executive action, which, if successful, could result in a sizable pay bump for millions of Americans.

As overtime laws stand now, certain categories of workers are excluded from the monetary benefits of working long hours, such as highly compensated executives and professionals. Additionally, there exists a "threshold" salary for receiving overtime — anyone who makes less than the predetermined annual income (currently $23,660) is automatically entitled to overtime, regardless of management status. In these conditions, many companies are able to skirt paying their low-salaried employees by calling them a manager, even if they are stocking groceries for $24,000 a year for 80 hours a week.

This salary threshold is the center of Obama's reform. The administration certainly plans to raise it — the question is how high. Some House Democrats have suggested raising the magic number quite substantially, up to $69,000, which would "cover about two-thirds of salaried workers," as The Huffington Post reports. Now, only 11 percent of salary earners qualify for overtime pay.

"President Obama believes that if you work hard, you should be rewarded for your effort," said a Department of Labor official. Stephanie Talmadge

Discoveries
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You might be able to walk like an Egyptian, but have you heard of King Sahure?

Historians don't know much about Sahure, a pharaoh who ruled almost 4,500 years ago, during the Old Kingdom's Fifth Dynasty. Before an incredible new discovery, there were only two known statues of Sahure in the world.

Now, Belgian archaeologists have made what Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is calling a find "of great significance and importance." The team discovered a broken statue, which they believe represents Sahure, in Aswan, about 360 miles south of Cairo. Aswan was once the ancient city of Swenett, a "frontier town" of ancient Egypt, explains Ancient Origins.

The ministry believes that the newly discovered base, which is inscribed with Sahure's name, is the bottom half of a statue depicting Sahure seated on a throne. The team will continue excavating the site to see if the area holds more clues and artifacts about the mysterious king. Meghan DeMaria

Controversy
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In the midst of a very bumpy press tour for Avengers: Age of Ultron last month, stars Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner drew criticism for an interview in which they called Black Widow, the character played by Scarlett Johansson, a "slut" and a "complete whore." As the controversy bubbled over, Chris Evans issued a genuine-sounding apology, Jeremy Renner issued a not-so-genuine-sounding apology, and everyone pretty much moved on.

Except, apparently, Jeremy Renner. In a Monday interview on Conan, Renner doubled down on his original comment. "Yeah, it was a joke. Off-color. Whatever. I'm unapologetic about a lot of things," said Renner. "But, yeah, I got in a lot of trouble. Internet trouble. I guess that's a thing now you can get in."

"Now, mind you, I was talking about a fictional character, and fictional behavior. But, Conan: If you slept with four of the six Avengers — no matter how much fun you had — you'd be a slut. Just saying. I'd be a slut."

Of course, the original controversy stemmed from the double standard about how a man with multiple partners isn't generally labeled a "slut" or a "whore" — so yeah, still kind of missing the point, Renner. Scott Meslow

Secret Agent Man?
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A South Korean citizen and New York University student detained after sneaking into North Korea says he was on a vigilante peace mission — and getting caught was part of his plan.

"I wanted to be arrested," the student, 21-year-old Won-moon Joo, told CNN.

Joo, who is a permanent U.S. resident, told the network he hopped some barbed wire, walked from China into North Korea, and kept on walking until some soldiers stopped him. His compelling motive: the vague notion that his illegal entrance into the Hermit Kingdom would "have some good effect."

"I thought that some great event could happen and hopefully that event could have a good effect on the relations between the North and the South," Joo told CNN.

Asked to explain what that "great event" could be, Joo added, "I am not completely sure yet." Jon Terbush

Baltimore
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A new poll from the Pew Research Center found strong support for the criminal charges brought against the six police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray.

The poll, conducted via phone from April 30 to May 3, asked 1,000 adults about their opinions on the recent events in Baltimore. Gray, 25, died in April while in police custody, inciting protests and riots in Baltimore.

Sixty-five percent of poll respondents said that it was the "right decision" for Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to file charges against the officers, and only 16 percent said it was the wrong decision. Among white respondents, 60 percent agreed with the decision, as did 78 percent of black respondents. Meghan DeMaria

In a galaxy far, far away
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Though he had just four lines of dialogue and a ridiculous, embarrassing death in the original Star Wars trilogy, bounty hunter Boba Fett has long been a favorite among Star Wars fans. (Never underestimate the power of a cool-looking helmet.) George Lucas filled in Boba Fett's background in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, but fans were less than thrilled about a story that focused on Boba Fett as a whiny little kid.

Despite these missteps, Boba Fett is set to fly again. The Wrap reports that Disney's second planned Star Wars spin-off will be a Boba Fett origin story set in "the rich world of bounty hunters," and scheduled to hit theaters in 2018.

Unfortunately, the Boba Fett spin-off has already hit a snag; under murky circumstances, previously announced director Josh Trank has left the film, and the search for a new director is ongoing. Scott Meslow

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