Thursday

10 Things to Know for Today

by The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:

1. JURY CONVICTS JODI ARIAS OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER

She says she prefers capital punishment over life in prison, explaining: "I believe death is the ultimate freedom."

2. CLEVELAND PROSECUTORS ZERO IN ON SINGLE SUSPECT

Ariel Castro is charged with kidnapping and rape after allegedly holding three women captive for more than a decade. But no charges are brought against his two brothers.

3. BENGHAZI ATTACK REVISITED AT JAM-PACKED HEARING

A former top U.S. diplomat describes confusion — and a 2 a.m. call from Hillary Clinton — during the deadly assault on the mission in Libya.

4. WHAT SYRIA SAYS CAUSED INTERNET OUTAGE

Amid speculation that the regime pulled the plug, state media blames a problem with a fiber optics cable for the nearly 20-hour blackout.

5. DIAGNOSIS: STICKER SHOCK

The government reveals how much hospitals charge for treatments, and the discrepancies in costs— for the same services — are so enormous, officials are at a loss for an explanation.

6. ANOTHER REASON OBAMA'S RE-ELECTION WAS HISTORIC

America's blacks vote at higher rates than whites in 2012.

7. SMART PHONES, DUMMY CHARGES

Consumer advocates and regulators worry "cramming," mysterious, unauthorized fees for cell phone use, is emerging as a significant problem.

8. JAW JITTERS

Wrigley stops new sales and marketing of Alert Energy Caffeine Gum as the Food and Drug Administration investigates the safety of added caffeine.

9. ONE CENTIMETER FROM DEATH

A 28-year-old woman miraculously survives after her husband accidentally shoots her in the mouth with a harpoon.

10. A SCRANTON STATE OF MIND

It may have been filmed in California, but for residents, fans, and tourists, "The Office" will forever be part of the down-and-out city it helped get back up.



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