Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. ACTIVISTS CLAIM GAS ATTACK IN SYRIA
Opposition group activists say “rockets with poisonous gas heads” killed dozens of people in the suburbs of the nation’s capital. Click here Warning: Graphic image(s).
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. Click here
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. Click here Warning: Graphic image(s).
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. Click here
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. Click here
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. Click here
7. 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. Click here Includes links to the entire report and Indiana snapshot.
8. PROGRAM SAID TO BLACKLIST MUSLIMS
California’s ACLU says the program has held up U.S. citizenship applications for years with extra scrutiny of Muslims’ national security concerns. Click here
9. 3 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. Click here
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. Click here