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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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  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it. Marijuana and hemp have joined wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as common neighborhood disputes facing homeowners' associations. Though a few HOAs have wi

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  • Central American leaders convening at White House WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the crisis at

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  • Prosecutor: Man faces charges in hospital shooting DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A man who authorities say fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex near Philadelphia and was then shot by his psychiatrist remains listed in critical condition. District Attorney Jack Whelan said Richard Plotts would be arrai

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  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, but the agency can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarke

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  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S.

    July 24, 2014

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel. The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p

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  • Man run over by own truck during road rage GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida. The

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  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over th

    July 24, 2014

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