Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. HOUSE REJECTS CHALLENGE TO NSA SURVEILLANCE
After a fierce debate and a narrow vote, the government can keep collecting hundreds of millions of Americans’ phone records.
2. TRAIN DERAILS, KILLING AT LEAST 35
One survivor says the passenger train in northwestern Spain was traveling at high speed and rounding a curve when it jumped the tracks.
3. POPE CONSOLES THE LOWLY
His session with drug addicts in Brazil is meant to drive home the message that the church must focus on the poor and those who are suffering.
4. WHERE NSA LEAKER HOPES TO STAY
At least for now, Snowden wants to remain in Russia, studying its language and culture, his lawyer says.
5. ENDANGERED: DOOR-TO-DOOR MAIL DELIVERY
The service could be virtually phased out by 2022 in the U.S. under a cost-cutting proposal before a House panel.
6. WILL AND KATE PICK A NAME
The royal couple’s newborn son will be called George Alexander Louis — and be known as “His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.”
7. WEINER PRESSES ON
“This is not about me” but about voters, the disgraced pol says in response to calls that he abandon his campaign for NYC mayor.
8. HOW FACEBOOK SURPRISED INVESTORS
Buoyed by higher revenue from mobile ads, the social network delivers strong second-quarter profits.
9. LITTLE VIOLENCE, BUT LOTS OF TWEETS
Fears of widespread unrest after the Trayvon Martin verdict proved unfounded. Some experts credit the modern ability to create change through activism and social media.
10. WHO COULD BE THE NEXT AMBASSADOR TO JAPAN
If confirmed, Caroline Kennedy would be the first woman in a post where many other prominent Americans have served to strengthen a vital Asian tie.
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