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July 26, 2013

10 Things to Know for Friday

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

1. PONTIFF TENDS FLOCK, FROM SLUM TO SAND

Pope Francis receives a warm welcome in Rio shantytown then opens World Youth Day on upscale--and rain-soaked— Copacabana Beach.

2. RAIL CRASH PROBE FOCUSES ON SPEED

Video shows train that crashed in Spain, killing 80, was going way too fast as it came around a bend.

3. PLEA DEAL POSSIBLE IN CLEVELAND KIDNAP, RAPE

The death penalty is the sticking point in Ariel Castro's case; he's charged with holding three women in his home for years, repeatedly raping them.

4. WHO WASN'T INDICTED AT SAC CAPITAL

One of Wall Street's biggest and most successful hedge fund companies faces criminal charges for insider trading — but the owner does not.

5. WHEN TO POINT AND CLICK FOR HEALTH CARE

Some technology won't be ready by the Oct. 1 deadline, and the experience could be more like buying a car than a plane ticket.

6. JUSTICE DEPT. MOVES ON VOTING RIGHTS

After the Supreme Court wiped out a significant part of the landmark legislation, the Obama administration promises to counter ruling.

7. HACKING RING CHARGED

Five are accused of running an organization that targeted major corporations over seven years, stealing and selling 160 million credit and debit card numbers.

8. WHICH CAR WOWED CONSUMER REPORTS

The first American sedan in 20 years to earn Consumer Reports' top score is the Chevrolet Impala. Really.

9. SOME SAY SCHOOLS SHOULD HIT 'SNOOZE'

Starting classes later for notoriously sleepy teens may improve attendance, and advocates say several studies show the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

10. YANKEES REFUSE TO ACTIVATE A-ROD

Alex Rodriguez, already facing penalties for an unauthorized medical visit, sees his relationship with the NY team hit another low.

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    July 29, 2014

  • Abuse suspect dead; two marshals, NY policeman hurt NEW YORK (AP) — A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a boy was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a small smoke shop in one of New York's most bustlin

    July 29, 2014

  • Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bill

    July 29, 2014

  • Despite good news, benefit programs face problems WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward the brink of ins

    July 29, 2014

  • 10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR ENTERS FOURTH WEEK — DURATION, DEATHS MATCH FIRST CONFLICT Heaviest bombardment in Gaza yet as Israeli aircraft, tanks and nav

    July 29, 2014

  • NYC uses food trucks to bring summer meals to kids NEW YORK (AP) — Within minutes, the line at the food truck parked on a busy Queens thoroughfare extended several people deep. Hipster foodies looking to sample vegan pizzas or fusion tacos? Nope, these were children, agonizing over whether to pick th

    July 29, 2014

  • Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles NEW YORK (AP) — More travelers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines: keep passengers safe in an ever more crowded airspace. Each day, 8.3 million people around the globe — roughly the population of New York City — s

    July 29, 2014

  • Analysis: Clinton impeachment shadows GOP lawsuit WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Republicans unleashed impeachment proceedings against a Democratic president, they lost five House seats in an election they seemed primed to win handily. Memories of Bill Clinton and the campaign of 1998 may help expl

    July 28, 2014

  • After six weeks, finally a deal on VA health care WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans health care would authorize at least $15 billion in emergency spending to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Congressi

    July 28, 2014

  • US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that rockets have been fired from Russia into neighboring eastern Ukraine and that heavy artillery for separatists has crossed the border. The

    July 28, 2014

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