Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center right, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, center left, lead a delegation at the Navy Memorial in Washington to remember the victims of Monday's deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. At far right is Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, second from right. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:01 pm
10 Things to Know for Wednesday
By The Associated Press
1. AGITATED AND ERRATIC PICTURE EMERGES OF NAVY YARD GUNMAN
A month before the rampage, Aaron Alexis complained to Rhode Island police that people were talking to him through walls and ceilings.
2. HOW THE MASS SHOOTER APPARENTLY SLIPPED PAST GUN LAWS
He managed to buy a shotgun in Virginia with out-of-state identification, even though that would have prevented him from buying a handgun.
3. RUSSIA OPPOSES FORCE IN RESOLUTION ON SYRIA
But the Russian foreign minister suggested that could change if Damascus reneges on the deal to give up its chemical weapons stockpile.
4. REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION TO HEALTH CARE LAW SPREADS
Some GOP lawmakers raise the possibility of tying an increase in the Treasury's ability to borrow more money to a measure delaying or defunding the health care law.
5. WHAT AUTHORITIES BELIEVE STARTED THE NJ BOARDWALK FIRE
The massive accidental blaze is blamed on aged wiring that was compromised by saltwater and sand during Superstorm Sandy.
6. DEATH TOLL RISES IN MEXICO
An unusual one-two punch of tropical weather hitting Mexico leaves 47 dead; authorities scramble to get stranded tourists out of Acapulco.
7. MASS. MAN GETS NEARLY 27 YEARS IN CHILD PORN CASE
An assistant U.S. attorney says chats recovered from the man's computer show he solicited people for help for a kidnapping with the intent of raping, killing and eating a child.
8. INTERNET ODDITY TO MURDER SUSPECT
A young woman who became famous for online videos of her uncontrollable hiccup fits goes on trial in a Florida murder case.
9. TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN
Internet phenom Grumpy Cat, whose ubiquitous scowl elicits smiles worldwide (her Facebook page has more than 1.3 million likes) is now "spokescat" for Nestle Purina PetCare.
10. AMC KEEPS "MAD MEN" AROUND FOR EXTRA YEAR
The network says seven episodes will air next spring and another seven in 2015.