10 Things to Know for Today: Aug. 8
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. SECURITY CONCERNS AS MUSLIMS CELEBRATE EID
Millions began ushering in the end of Ramadan with prayers and feasts, while mortar rounds hit a district in Syria where Assad attended prayers.
2. APPEAL TO JUDGE FOR FORT HOOD DEFENDANT
Defense lawyers say Maj. Nidal Hasan is trying to get a death sentence while representing himself.
3. SHOOTING SPREE KILLS AT LEAST 4 IN TEXAS
Police say a man shot several people at two houses in the Dallas area and was taken into custody.
4. WHO WON POWERBALL JACKPOT
Three tickets — two from New Jersey and one from Minnesota — matched the winning numbers for the $448 million drawing.
5. PENTAGON MAY GRANT BENEFITS TO SAME-SEX COUPLES
The AP obtains a memo that would allow same-sex spouses of military members to receive access to health and welfare programs, but wouldn’t cover unmarried partners.
6. SNOWDEN FINAL STRAW IN US-RUSSIA RELATIONS
Obama backed out of a summit with Putin after failing to reach agreement on several disputes including Syria, global security and American adoption of Russian children.
7. SUSPECTED ABDUCTOR HAD CRUSH ON CALIF. TEEN
Friends of the 16-year-old kidnapped girl say the man wanted in the death of her mother had said he would date the teen if they were the same age.
8. RAGING WILDFIRE HAMPERS EVACUATION
The southern California blaze blocked both ends of a highway, temporarily trapping some deputies and residents trying to evacuate.
9. THE SAFEST SMALL CAR TO CRASH IN
A safety group gave the two- and four-door Honda Civic models high marks in front-end crash tests. The Nissan Sentra and two Kia models rated “poor.”
10. UNION APPEALS A-ROD PENALTY
Baseball’s players association sent Rodriguez’ 211-game suspension to an independent arbitrator.