August 14, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today


Associated Press

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

1. AIR FORCE NUCLEAR UNIT FAILS INSPECTION

It’s the second major setback this year for a force charged with the military’s most sensitive mission.

2. WHAT THE ODDS ARE FOR MIDEAST PEACE

The chances of the Israelis and Palestinians reaching an agreement are even worse than during the last round of talks, which ended in 2008.

3. HOW PRO-MORSI PROTESTS ARE CHANGING

The sit-in sites are taking on a more permanent look, with wooden huts and even barber shops.

4. WHEN EUROPE’S RECESSION WILL BE OVER

Probably now. Official figures are expected to show growth inching up in the Eurozone last quarter.

5. SUIT BLOCKS AMERICAN AIRLINES, US AIRWAYS MERGER

The deal would have left four airlines controlling more than 80 percent of the U.S. air-travel market.

6. HOSTAGE STANDOFF AT LOUSIANA BANK

A local man takes three bank employees hostage in a quiet Louisiana town. Authorities say they have no reason to believe anyone has been hurt.

7. CARL ICAHN GETS A BITE OF APPLE

The outspoken billionaire renowned for pouncing on out-of-favor stocks, signals — via Twitter — that he has acquired a large but unspecified stake in the company.

8. DANGERS LURK IN DITCHES

A Florida boy who was knee-boarding in a ditch contracts a rare amoeba that is attacking his brain. An epidemiologist reiterates the hazards of fresh-water recreation when temperatures soar.

9. CALIFORNIA SPERM-DONOR RIGHTS BILL STALLS

A bill offering sperm donors parental rights — stemming from a custody dispute involving actor Jason Patric — is on hold.

10. TRAGEDY STRIKES ‘TEXAS’ MUSICAL

Four cast members and a box office worker die in a car crash in the Texas Panhandle, authorities say.