10 Things to know for Wednesday, Aug. 28

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

1. WHEN US, PARTNERS MIGHT TAKE MILITARY ACTION
  No strike is expected before Thursday. That’s when Britain’s Parliament meets to consider a response to Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons. UNITED STATES-SYRIA

2. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROMISES PROOF
Release of an intelligence report formally linking Assad to the purported chemical attack could come as early as today. UNITED STATES-SYRIA-TIMING

3. FORT HOOD GUNMAN RESTS CASE
In his last chance to plead for his life, the Army psychiatrist decides not to submit evidence, call witnesses or testify. FORT HOOD SHOOTING

4. NUKE THREAT LEVEL RAISED
Japan upgrades the leak of 80,000 gallons of radiation-contaminated water at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima plant to a “serious incident.” JAPAN-NUCLEAR

5. WHY YOSEMITE WILDFIRE GREW SO BIG SO FAST
The region hasn’t seen a significant forest fire since perhaps the 1910s. That’s left a century’s worth of fuel in the blaze’s path. WESTERN WILDFIRES-YOSEMITE

6. WHO’S TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR DISRUPTING NY TIMES’ WEBSITE
A shadowy group of pro-Assad hackers known as the Syrian Electronic Army says it launched the cyberattack — and a similar assault on Twitter. NEW YORK TIMES-WEBSITE

7. SCIENTISTS SAY EXISTENCE OF NEW ELEMENT CONFIRMED
The short-lived by super-heavy element has been dubbed “ununpentium.” A catchier name is likely coming. NEW ELEMENT

8. HOW FINANCIAL MARKETS ARE REACTING TO POSSIBLE SYRIA STRIKE
The Dow falls 170 points, Asian stocks plummet and the price of oil soars. WORLD MARKETS

9. WATCHING ‘THE BUTLER,’ OBAMA TEARS UP
The president says the movie about a black White House servant led him to reflect on the ills of discrimination. OBAMA-THE BUTLER

10. UNKNOWN AMERICAN SHOCKS EX-CHAMP
Seventeen-year-old Victoria Duval, who’s ranked 296th in the world, knocks off Samantha Stosur at the U.S. Open. Stosur won the tourney in 2011. US OPEN


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