Ten Things To Know Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. GOP LOOKS TO CAPITALIZE ON OBAMA WOES
Many Republicans would like to deny the president a victory in immigration reform, which is being considered by the Senate today.
2. FIERCE FIGHTING ON BORDER AS KERRY PRESSES FOR PEACE IN SYRIA
Twenty-three fighters from the militant Hezbollah group were killed in a fight for a strategic town near Lebanon on the day Kerry is flying to the Middle East.
3. TORNADOES LASH MIDWEST
An Oklahoma trailer park was destroyed and one man killed as the dangerous storms moved east.
4. THE TOLL OF MILITARY SEX ABUSE
The AP reports that more than 85,000 veterans were treated last year for injuries or illnesses stemming from sex assault or harassment at work.
5. HOW MUCH POWERBALL JACKPOT COULD BUY
The $590.5 million winning ticket, which was bought in Zephyrhills, Fla., but hasn't been claimed, could pay for the small Florida city's budget 12 times over.
6. SPLIT-SECOND DECISION BEFORE A HOSTAGE WAS KILLED
A Long Island police officer fired when a masked man holding the college student in a headlock pointed the gun at him, killing the gunman and the 21-year-old hostage.
7. HOT AIR BALLOONS COLLIDE
The two balloons crashed in Turkey during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations, killing a Brazilian tourist and injuring over 20.
8. WHY MEASLES ARE SURGING IN THE UK
Officials attribute the spike in cases to the parents who declined vaccines more than a decade ago because of research that suggested a link to autism, which was later rejected.
9. TAYLOR SWIFT NABS 8 TROPHIES AT BILLBOARD AWARDS
Justin Bieber and Madonna were also big winners, but the country star won for top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.”
10. WHO'S FOOTING THE BILL FOR SOCHI OLYMPICS
The Russian government has gotten state-controlled companies and tycoons to cover more than half of the $51 billion price tag for the 2014 Winter Games.