Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. WHAT’S NEXT IN GAY MARRIAGE FIGHT
The goal of one gay-rights group is to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide within five years.
2. NFL PLAYER CHARGED WITH MURDER
Prosecutors allege Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a friend who talked to people at a nightclub whom the tight end “had troubles with.”
3. UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING NSA LEAKER GROWS
Ecuador’s foreign minister says it may take two months to decide whether to grant Snowden asylum.
4. HOW EGYPT’S PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO MAKE AMENDS
Morsi acknowledges making mistakes and pledges reforms in a national address ahead of mass demonstrations planned this weekend.
5. ‘ABOUT ONCE EVERY THREE WEEKS, I WATCH SOMEONE DIE’
The AP’s Michael Graczyk on Wednesday witnessed Texas’ 500th execution since 1982. And he’s seen hundreds of others.
6. ANOTHER BAD DAY FOR PAULA DEEN
The celebrity chef is dropped by Wal-Mart after a tearful appearance on the “Today” show.
7. ABORTION FOES HAVE UPPER HAND
Gov. Perry calls Texas lawmakers back for another special session to consider tight restrictions on abortion blocked by a filibuster. This time, the restrictions will almost certainly pass.
8. LETTING CHIMPS BE CHIMPS
The National Institutes of Health will all but quit using chimpanzees in medical research, and now must find a place for 310 apes to spend their retirement.
9. FROM SPEARS TO SPALDINGS
Research suggests early hunters developed the ability to throw with accuracy and speed — a uniquely human skill — nearly 2 million years ago.
10. WHO’S THE LATEST BIG NAME TO EXIT WIMBLEDON
Seven-time champ Federer comes up short against 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhofsky, a day after Nadal was bounced in the first round.
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