Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EDT):
1. CLASHES CONTINUE IN DAMASCUS AS ANNAN MEETS WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT
The U.N. special envoy joins Vladimir Putin at 7 a.m. to discuss how they can stop the violence in Syria.
2. HOW THE CAMPAIGNS ARE TURNING THEIR STRATEGIES
Mitt Romney tries to shift attention away from his business tenure as he speaks in Pennsylvania at 1:20 p.m. and the president turns to GOP-leaning Texas for fundraising with a speech in San Antonio at 2 p.m.
3. BERNANKE MAY REVEAL NEXT STEPS TOWARD JOLTING ECONOMY
The Fed chairman gives his semiannual report to the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m.
4. WHAT’S COOKING FOR THE MISSION TO MARS
Scientists are building a menu for a planned journey to the Red Planet in the 2030s — not so easy since the total trip is more than two years.
5. YAHOO TURNS TO ITS NEMESIS FOR A NEW CEO
While at Google, Marissa Mayer played a key role in developing services that tormented the company that she will now lead.
6. WHERE IN THE WORLD IS HILLARY CLINTON?
It seems the secretary of state has been almost everywhere, travelling to 102 countries since taking the job, more than any of her predecessors.
7. TEXAS TRIAL BEGINS FOR AIR FORCE INSTRUCTOR CHARGED WITH RAPE
Attorneys start their opening arguments at 9 a.m. in the court-martial of Staff Sgt. Luis Walker in a scandal that has rocked one of the busiest military training centers.
8. ARGENTINA’S MEDIA BATTLE OVER ITS PRESIDENT
Cristina Fernandez’s distrust of the press reflects the atmosphere in which her country is deeply polarized by her rule.
9. WHY NEW YORK’S FAST FOOD IS A BIT HEALTHIER
New findings suggest its ban on trans fat in restaurant food may be another key to curbing our obesity epidemic.
10. BOGUS BOMB THREAT SHUTS DOWN A LINK FROM U.S. TO CANADA
Detroit police said the 911 call caused them to close a bridge to Windsor on the Canadian border for more than five hours.
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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