10 Things to know for Wednesday, June 26

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

1. U.S. AWAITS LANDMARK VOTE ON GAY MARRIAGE
  The Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions today on two laws that could give gay Americans marriage rights and the same benefits as married heterosexual couples. SUPREME COURT-GAY MARRIAGE

2. WHAT SOUTHERN STATES PLAN AFTER VOTING RIGHTS DECISION
Some pledged to pass laws requiring voters to show photo IDs and others want to set earlier hours after the Supreme Court freed states from federal oversight. VOTING RIGHTS-THE SOUTH

3. CHAOS WITH ABORTION VOTE AFTER FILIBUSTER
Screaming protesters prevented Texas Republicans from passing a restrictive abortion ban before a midnight deadline. ABORTION RESTRICTIONS-TEXAS

4. ‘NYET’ ON TURNING OVER SNOWDEN
Putin acknowledges the NSA leaker is at a Moscow airport, and rejected U.S. pleas to extradite him. NSA-SURVEILLANCE

5. ARCHBISHOP WISHES PEACEFUL ‘END’ FOR MANDELA
Lucas Aedwaba offered a prayer after visiting the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in a hospital, where he’s critically ill with a lung infection. SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA

6. DEMOCRATS HANG ON TO KERRY SEAT
Rep. Ed Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez, and the state’s Democrats didn’t repeat the upset of three years ago when Republican Scott Brown succeeded Sen. Edward Kennedy. MASSACHUSETTS SENATE

7. HOW THE ARMY IS SCALING BACK
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end, military leaders say at least 12 combat brigades will be eliminated as the service moves to cut 80,000 troops. ARMY CUTS

8. 20 KILLED IN CRASH OF INDIA RESCUE HELICOPTER
The dead included Air Force members and victims stranded by monsoon floods that have washed away homes and believed to have killed over 1,000. INDIA-FLOODS

9. TEXAS TO MAKE HISTORY
The nation’s busiest death penalty state plans to execute its 500th inmate tonight — a woman convicted of killing her neighbor with a candelabra in the 1990s. TEXAS-500TH EXECUTION

10. IS PAULA DEEN TOAST?
The food diva is expected to speak on the “Today” show today, but experts say she has already damaged her reputation in the fallout from her admission of using racial slurs. PAULA DEEN-THE COMEBACK TRAIL


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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