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10 Things to Know for Today

August 21st, 2013 7:23 am by Associated Press

10 Things to Know for Today

This image provided by the Local Committee of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man helping a woman as she mourns over the dead bodies of children after an alleged poisonous gas attack. (AP Ph

1. ACTIVISTS CLAIM GAS ATTACK IN SYRIA

Pro-opposition groups say "rockets with poisonous gas heads" killed over a hundred people in the suburbs of the nation's capital.

2. WHY THE US WON'T TAKE ACTION IN SYRIA

A memo obtained by The Associated Press says the Obama administration believes rebels fighting Assad won't support U.S. interests if they took over.

3. MUBARAK'S BID FOR FREEDOM

A court hearing was set for today to decide whether Egypt's former president could go free after his life sentence was overturned on appeal.

4. FEARS OF NEWTOWN AT GEORGIA SCHOOL

Parents rushed to an elementary school where an armed gunman exchanged fire with police, but all 800 students were safely evacuated.

5. MANNING TO LEARN FATE

A judge will announce today what sentence the Army private will serve for leaking reams of classified information to WikiLeaks.

6. NIXON'S FINAL HOURS

The last installment of secretly recorded tapes of phone calls between the president on Watergate and Soviet peace talks are going to be released today.

7. FORT HOOD SUSPECT TO PRESENT DEFENSE

But it wasn't clear whether Army Maj. Nidal Hasan would call any witnesses before a military jury begins deliberating the case.

8. HOW MANY HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE READY FOR COLLEGE

The ACT testing company says just a quarter of this year's grads have the reading, math, English and science skills they need.

9. THREE TEENS CHARGED IN KILLING OF AUSSIE ATHLETE

In the wake of the random slaying in Oklahoma, Australia's former deputy prime minister urges a travel boycott to force Congress to act on gun control.

10. HOW ELMORE LEONARD MADE HIS MARK

The author, who died Tuesday at 87, helped do for crime writing what Stephen King did for horror. He made it hip, and he made it respectable.

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