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August 15, 2013

10 Things to Know for Friday

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

1.  DEATH TOLL CLIMBS IN EGYPT

World condemnation widens, including an angry response from President Barack Obama, for the bloody crackdown on Morsi’s mostly Islamist supporters that left hundreds dead.

2.  US CANCELS MANEUVERS, BUT NOT SUPPORT

President Obama scraps plans for joint American-Egyptian military exercises but stops well short of withholding $1.3 billion in annual military aid.

3.  KERRY WARNS OF TERROR THREAT

Nearly two years after U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, al-Qaida is carrying out suicide and car bombings with greater frequency.

4.   FRESH VIOLENCE IN LEBANON

A powerful car bomb tears through a bustling Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut, killing at least 18 and trapping dozens.  

5.  WHY MORE DOUBTS ARE BEING RAISED ABOUT THE ECONOMY

Americans are being hampered by weak pay, higher taxes, tepid hiring while consumer spending remains lackluster.

6.  REPUBLICANS TURN TO MINORITY RISING STARS

The GOP considers promoting younger, diverse up-and-comers in a bid to lure new voters.

7.  CDC STUDY FINDS OBESITY RATES REMAIN STEADY

At least 30 percent of adults were obese in 13 states, with Louisiana and Mississippi at the top of the list.

8.  SPACE SALVAGE

NASA calls off all attempts to fix its crippled Kepler space telescope, but hasn’t given up on the remarkable, robotic planet hunter.

9.  A NEW RACCOON-LIKE CRITTER WITH TEDDY BEAR LOOKS DISCOVERED

In a case of mistaken identity, a previously unknown mammal lived for a time at the National Zoo but was thought to be another species.  

10. BASEBALL TO EXPAND INSTANT REPLAY

The proposal would give managers one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the end of the game.

 

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