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1. Moment of silence to take place for Michael Brown

As tensions mount in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting death of Michael Brown, a number of advocacy groups will host a nationwide moment of silence Thursday in solidarity with the fallen teen. Coming after four days of violent protests and calls for reform, the city's police chief said Wednesday that race relations have become a "top priority" and that he welcomes outside help. The moment of silence will be held at 7 p.m. ET in select cities.

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2. MLB owners vote to elect new commissioner

Batter up, indeed. Major League Baseball owners will begin the balloting process for a new league commissioner Thursday, as Bud Selig readies for retirement in January. The field has narrowed to three candidates: MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan. A candidate needs approval from 23 of the 30 owners and if that threshold is not reached, the owners would vote again at a future date.

A look at the final candidates to replace Bud Selig and what could unfold as owners vote. USA TODAY Sports

3. Paul McCartney closes San Francisco's Candlestick Park

The former Beatle will close historic Candlestick Park with a concert Thursday night after the venue's 54-year-long run. Stick has a special place in McCartney's heart, as it is more than just another tour stop on his Out There tour. It housed the last performance by The Beatles in August 1966. The park has also been home to a number of sports franchises – MLB's San Francisco Giants and NFL's San Francisco 49ers both played there and have since moved to different stadiums.

4. Maj. Gen. Harold Greene to be buried at Arlington

Army Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who became the first general to be killed on the battlefield since the Vietnam War when he died in an Aug. 5 insider attack in Kabul, will be laid to rest Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. Greene was the deputy commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, which is primarily responsible for training and advising the Afghan National Security Forces.

5. Israel and Hamas begin extension of five-day truce

A five-day extension of the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas got off to a very shaky start, as talks for a longer-term solution to the conflict in Gaza continue in Cairo. Even as the extension was announced, violence flared up as the Israeli military said eight rockets were launched at Israel and that it had retaliated with airstrikes on Gaza.

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Bonus: Internet Cat Video Film Festival held in Minneapolis

Which videos will earn a behind-the-ear scratch? Filmmakers from across the country gather in Minnesota to share the finest feline videos they could capture.

And, the essentials:

Weather: The East will finally dry out Thursday while showers and storms continue to dampen the West.

Stocks:​ Stock futures did not point to an extension of Wednesday's rally on Wall Street.

TV Tonight: Wondering what to watch tonight? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Mom and Sleepy Hollow.

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Contributing: The Associated Press and USA TODAY Sports.

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