10 Things to do Friday, July 26

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

1. DRIVER A FOCUS IN SPAIN CRASH PROBE
  Investigators say the driver and the train’s speed regulation systems could have contributed to the disaster that killed 80. SPAIN-TRAIN DERAILMENT

2. EGYPT BRACES FOR MASS RALLIES
The country’s top general told people to take to the streets to give him the mandate to fight “violence and terrorism.” EGYPT

2. POPE TELLS YOUNG TO MAKE ‘TROUBLE IN THE DIOCESES’
Francis, elected on a mandate to reform the church, has visited one of Rio’s most violent slums and cast off his security detail to get close to his flock. BRAZIL-POPE

3. GULF SPILL CONTRACTOR ADMITS TO DESTROYING EVIDENCE
Halliburton Energy Services provided cement to the drilling rig that exploded in 2010, spilling millions of gallons of oil. GULF OIL SPILL-HALLIBURTON

4. CLEVELAND KIDNAP SUSPECT IN PLEA TALKS TO AVOID DEATH PENALTY
Another hearing is set today for Ariel Castro, charged with holding three women in his home for years, beating and raping them. MISSING WOMEN FOUND

5. A BLACK EYE FOR HEDGE FUNDS
The AP’s Christina Rexrode writes the insider-trading indictment of SAC Capital Advisers is the latest blow to an industry once seen as an easy path to fortune. HEDGE FUND-FALLEN STARS

6. HOW FAST TRAIN WAS GOING IN SPAIN
Survivor Stephen Ward says a screen in front of him signaled the train was going 121 mph shortly before it crashed. SPAIN-TRAIN DERAILMENT-UTAH

7. JUSTICE DEPT. LAUNCHES VOTING RIGHTS CHALLENGE
After the Supreme Court weakened the landmark civic rights legislation, the White House promised legal action in Texas and other states passing stricter laws. AG-VOTING RIGHTS

8. WEINER MAKES NEW ADMISSION IN SEXTING SCANDAL
He says he exchanged racy messages with up to 10 women, including up to three after he resigned from Congress. WEINER-MAYOR

9. JUROR SAYS ZIMMERMAN ‘GOT AWAY WITH MURDER’
Juror B29 told ABC News she favored convicting him in Trayvon Martin’s killing, but said there wasn’t enough evidence under Florida law. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-JUROR


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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