10 Things to know for Monday, June 24

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

1. SNOWDEN TRAVELS THE WORLD FOR ASYLUM
  The NSA leaker flew from Hong Kong to Moscow with the help of Wikileaks, and has sought asylum in Ecuador. NSA SURVEILLANCE-SNOWDEN

2. NELSON MANDELA’S HEALTH TURNS FOR WORSE
South Africa’s president says the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader became critically ill in the past 24 hours. SOUTH AFRICA-MANDELA

3. OPENING STATEMENTS IN GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL
Florida prosecutors will argue today in the racially charged trial that Zimmerman is a vigilante who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Zimmerman says he was defending himself. NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

4. WHO HELPED SANDY SURVIVORS THE MOST
An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that friends and neighbors, not the government, were the most helpful sources of support. SUPERSTORM-AP POLL

5. WHY THE TALIBAN KILLED 11 MOUNTAIN CLMBERS
The Pakistani group said the deaths of the 10 tourists and their guide are revenge for a U.S. drone strike that killed a Taliban leader. PAKISTAN

6. DAREDEVIL CROSSES GORGE ON TIGHTROPE
Nik Wallenda got across a river near the Grand Canyon in 22 minutes on a 2-inch thick steel cable, 1,500 feet high. WALLENDA-GRAND CANYON

7. WHAT SNOWDEN DID IN HONG KONG
  Lawmaker Albert Ho says the NSA leaker stayed in a private location, switched places a couple of times and slipped out a few times at night.  NSA-SURVEILLANCE-SNOWDEN-HONG KONG

8. RULING FAVORS 6-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER CHILD
  Colorado officials are holding a news conference today explaining its decision to let Coy Mathis, who identifies as a girl, to use the girls’ bathroom at school. TRANSGENDER COMPLAINT

 

9. GANDOLFINI FUNERAL PLANS SET
  The “Sopranos” star will be remembered at an upper Manhattan cathedral on Thursday, after his body was flown from Italy to his home state of New Jersey.  JAMES GANDOLFINI

 

10. SUPERMOON SHINES
  The biggest and brightest full moon of the year cast its light around the world Sunday when it came within 222,000 miles of Earth. SUPERMOON

 


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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