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June 26, 2013

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. 'NYET' ON TURNING OVER SNOWDEN

Putin gives the first official acknowledgment of the whereabouts of NSA leaker Edward Snowden — and promptly rejects U.S. pleas to turn him over.

2. SUPREME COURT CURBS 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT

Southern states cheer and the White House jeers as a divided court tosses a key provision of the landmark legislation.

3. HOW THE ARMY IS SCALING BACK

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end, military leaders say at least 12 combat brigades will be eliminated as the service moves to cut 80,000 troops.

4. WITNESS TO A TALIBAN ATTACK

AP journalist Rahim Faiez describes how a quiet spot outside the presidential palace in Kabul became, in a flash, a combat zone.

5. RULES MADE IT ROUGH FOR LAWMAKER

A state senator filibustering new abortion restrictions in Texas had to remain standing for hours and was prohibited from leaning on her desk or taking breaks.

6. CROWDS SOUND A SOUR NOTE AT HOMECOMING

Thousands of Palestinians wait in scorching heat for their new symbol of unity, "Arab Idol" winner Mohammed Assaf — but the flags they wave show divisions persist.

7. WHO'S RUSHING TO HELP GEORGE ZIMMER

Shoppers could determine what happens next in the battle between Men's Wearhouse and the ousted pitchman, as they take to social media to threaten boycotts.

8. MILLION DIDN'T MAKE IT

The FBI is investigating the disappearance of $1.2 million from bank cash shipped from Switzerland to New York City.

9. WHERE PAULA DEEN STUMBLED IN HANDLING HER PREDICAMENT

"One of the first rules of crisis is to apologize thoroughly and completely and immediately," one PR expert says. "She didn't follow Crisis 101."

10. PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FAVORITE SUBJECT: YOU

If you're not taking "selfies," there's a good chance you're enjoying others' raunchy, goofy, poignant, sexy or drunken self-portraits.

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