10 Things to know for Thursday, June 13

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

1. GRIM NEW DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA
  The UN says at least 93,000 have been confirmed killed in the civil war, with the real number likely being far higher. SYRIA

2. NSA HEAD SAYS SPY PROGRAM STOPPED TERROR ATTACKS
Army Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress that the collection of millions of telephone and Internet records foiled a 2009 plot to bomb New York’s subways. NSA SURVEILLANCE

3. ERDOGAN LOOKS FOR WAY OUT OF TURKEY’S PROTEST CRISIS
The death toll from the 2-week-old demonstrations that have tested Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authority rose to five. TURKEY-PROTESTS

4. THOUSANDS FLEE RAGING COLORADO WILDFIRE
More than 9,000 were told to leave the Black Forest, where an 18-acre blaze had destroyed nearly 100 homes. COLORADO WILDFIRES

5. MORE BANGLADESH FACTORIES AT RISK AFTER COLLAPSE
A report obtained by the AP shows that garment factories are routinely built without engineers and aren’t designed to withstand the stress of heavy machinery. BANGLADESH-FACTORY FLAWS

6.. AFGHAN POLICE KILLED IN SUSPECTED INSIDER ATTACK
The six officers were found shot at their checkpoint and two other policemen were missing. AFGHANISTAN

7.  10-YEAR-OLD GETS NEW LUNGS
Sarah Murnaghan was recovering from the surgery made possible by a judge’s controversial ruling that expanded her options for lifesaving surgery. LUNG TRANSPLANT-PENNSYLVANIA

8. WHERE BABY BOOMERS AREN’T GOING
Rural America, which Census estimates show is losing population for the first time ever as boomers lose interest in retiring to far-flung places. CENSUS-RURAL DECLINE

9. FIFTH FAILURE FOR CUBA SWIM
Australian endurance athlete Chloe McCardel lasted 11 hours in the Cuba to Florida swim before being undone by jellyfish stings. CUBA-SWIMMING TO FLORIDA

10. WEATHER THREATENS HISTORIC US OPEN
The major is returning to the Merion course near Philadelphia for the first time in 32 years, but the region has seen more than six inches of rain, muddying the fairways. US OPEN


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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