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July 25, 2013

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. HOUSE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO NSA SURVEILLANCE

After a fierce debate and a narrow vote, the government can keep collecting hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records.

2. TRAIN DERAILS, KILLING AT LEAST 35

One survivor says the passenger train in northwestern Spain was traveling at high speed and rounding a curve when it jumped the tracks.

3. POPE CONSOLES THE LOWLY

His session with drug addicts in Brazil is meant to drive home the message that the church must focus on the poor and those who are suffering.

4. WHERE NSA LEAKER HOPES TO STAY

At least for now, Snowden wants to remain in Russia, studying its language and culture, his lawyer says.

5. ENDANGERED: DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY

The service could be virtually phased out by 2022 in the U.S. under a cost-cutting proposal before a House panel.

6. WILL AND KATE PICK A NAME

The royal couple's newborn son will be called George Alexander Louis — and be known as "His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge."

7. WEINER PRESSES ON

"This is not about me" but about voters, the disgraced pol says in response to calls that he abandon his campaign for NYC mayor.

8. HOW FACEBOOK SURPRISED INVESTORS

Buoyed by higher revenue from mobile ads, the social network delivers strong second-quarter profits.

9. LITTLE VIOLENCE, BUT LOTS OF TWEETS

Fears of widespread unrest after the Trayvon Martin verdict proved unfounded. Some experts credit the modern ability to create change through activism and social media.

10. WHO COULD BE THE NEXT AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN

If confirmed, Caroline Kennedy would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie.

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  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror susp

    July 31, 2014

  • GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. Newly released emails show the former IRS official referring to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more, a revelation that is fueling GOP c

    July 31, 2014

  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided

    July 31, 2014

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for Do

    July 31, 2014

  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress' five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats

    July 30, 2014

  • House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote on the $17 bill

    July 30, 2014

  • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids WASHINGTON (AP) — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juve

    July 30, 2014

  • The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. These aren't small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends,

    July 30, 2014

  • What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee) NEW YORK (AP) — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in "us." Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of mark

    July 30, 2014

  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support WASHINGTON (AP) — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to

    July 29, 2014

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