5 stories to follow: Aug. 8

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to the podium to address the nation in the State Dining Room of the White House on August 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama announced he has authorized military strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and a humanitarian aid drop. ISIS has been advancing on the important city of Erbil, Iraq and a civilian humanitarian crisis has developed. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

Here's your look at five stories to know about before the weekend:

1. Iraq airstrikes: President Obama has approved U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq, creating the potential for new American involvement in the sectarian conflict.

2. Pennypack Park killing reward: The reward for information about the killer of Constance Murray, a Northeast Philadelphia mother strangled to death while running in Pennypack Park, has increased to $35,000.

3. Suicide-pact murder hearing: A hearing is scheduled for today for 30-year-old Gus Yiambilis, who is charged with murder in the carbon-dioxide death of his mother, 59-year-old Karen Yiambilis. The two had a pact to commit suicide, and Gus Yiambilis' attorney is trying to convince a judge to drop the unusual murder charge.

4. Top anglers: The best bass anglers in the country are competing on the Delaware River in the Bassmaster Elite competition. The contest, in which $100,000 in prize money is up for grabs, runs through Sunday.

5. Taney Dragons: The Center City Little League team Taney Dragons will play in the Mid-Atlantic Regional semi-finals this morning, and the game will be televised on ESPN. If the team wins, the 12- and 13-year-old players will compete in the regional final on Sunday for a chance to make it to the Little League World Series.