Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. DATA MINING DESCRIBED AS ‘ROUTINE’
Former NSA employees say the massive data dragnet has been in place for years and involves all major U.S. phone companies.
2. LAWMAKERS IN THE LOOP ALL ALONG
While Americans might be surprised to see a written authorization to sweep up their phone records, that’s old news to many in Congress.
3. TURKEY’S PRIME MINISTER TAKES COMBATIVE STANCE
Erdogan says protests that have swept the country must end.
4. WHERE ASSAD IS SETTING HIS SIGHTS
After recapturing a strategic town in western Syria, the regime’s forces turn their attention to the rebel-held cities of Homs and Aleppo.
5. THEY GAVE HELP, BUT MAY HAVE NEEDED IT MORE
A New York City couple who hosted a self-help radio show called “Pursuit of Happiness” take their own lives after writing notes saying they wanted to die together.
6. WHAT’S NEXT IN THE MORNING-AFTER PILL CASE
Despite this week’s court order, don’t expect to see emergency contraception on U.S. drugstore shelves anytime soon.
7. PUTINS GOING THEIR SEPARATE WAYS
Russia’s president and his wife of nearly 30 years say they’re divorcing.
8. DECIDING WHO GETS PRECIOUS ORGANS
Two children in Philadelphia who need new lungs restart the debate over how transplant recipients are picked.
9. WHO’S NOW THE LONGEST-SERVING MEMBER OF CONGRESS
Michigan Rep. John Dingell, in office 57 years, took the title this week from the late Sen. Robert Byrd.
10. HOW OUTGOING COMMISSIONER CHANGED THE NBA
During David Stern’s tenure, the game became a big-money, star-driven showcase with a global presence.
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