published Thursday, August 8th, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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    President Barack Obama meets in June with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. Obama is canceling plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow next month — a rare diplomatic snub.The move is retribution for Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who is accused of leaking highly secretive details about National Security Agency surveillance programs. It also reflects growing U.S. frustration with Russia on several issues, including missile defense and human rights.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1) SECURITY CONCERNS AS MUSLIMS CELEBRATE EID

Millions began ushering in the end of Ramadan with prayers and feasts, while mortar rounds hit a district in Syria where Assad attended prayers.

2) APPEAL TO JUDGE FOR FORT HOOD DEFENDANT

Defense lawyers say Maj. Nidal Hasan is trying to get a death sentence while representing himself.

3) SHOOTING SPREE KILLS AT LEAST 4 IN TEXAS

Police say a man shot several people at two houses in the Dallas area and was taken into custody.

4) WHO WON POWERBALL JACKPOT

Three tickets — two from New Jersey and one from Minnesota — matched the winning numbers for the $448 million drawing.

5) PENTAGON MAY GRANT BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES

The AP obtains a memo that would allow same-sex spouses of military members to receive access to health and welfare programs, but wouldn't cover unmarried partners.

6) SNOWDEN FINAL STRAW IN US-RUSSIA RELATIONS

Obama backed out of a summit with Putin after failing to reach agreement on several disputes including Syria, global security and American adoption of Russian children.

7) SUSPECTED ABDUCTOR HAD CRUSH ON CALIF. TEEN

Friends of the 16-year-old kidnapped girl say the man wanted in the death of her mother had said he would date the teen if they were the same age.

8) RAGING WILDFIRE HAMPERS EVACUATION

The southern California blaze blocked both ends of a highway, temporarily trapping some deputies and residents trying to evacuate.

9) THE SAFEST SMALL CAR TO CRASH IN

A safety group gave the two- and four-door Honda Civic models high marks in front-end crash tests. The Nissan Sentra and two Kia models rated "poor."

10) UNION APPEALS A-ROD PENALTY

Baseball's players association sent Rodriguez' 211-game suspension to an independent arbitrator.

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