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10 things to know for Thursday

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

1. WHAT'S NEXT IN GAY MARRIAGE FIGHT

The goal of one gay-rights group is to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide within five years.

2. NFL PLAYER CHARGED WITH MURDER

Prosecutors allege Aaron Hernandez orchestrated the killing of a friend who talked to people at a nightclub whom the tight end "had troubles with."

3. UNCERTAINTY SURROUNDING NSA LEAKER GROWS

Ecuador's foreign minister says it may take two months to decide whether to grant Snowden asylum.

4. HOW EGYPT'S PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO MAKE AMENDS

Morsi acknowledges making mistakes and pledges reforms in a national address ahead of mass demonstrations planned this weekend.

5. 'ABOUT ONCE EVERY THREE WEEKS, I WATCH SOMEONE DIE'

The AP's Michael Graczyk on Wednesday witnessed Texas' 500th execution since 1982. And he's seen hundreds of others.

6. ANOTHER BAD DAY FOR PAULA DEEN

The celebrity chef is dropped by Wal-Mart after a tearful appearance on the "Today" show.

7. ABORTION FOES HAVE UPPER HAND

Gov. Perry calls Texas lawmakers back for another special session to consider tight restrictions on abortion blocked by a filibuster. This time, the restrictions will almost certainly pass.

8. LETTING CHIMPS BE CHIMPS

The National Institutes of Health will all but quit using chimpanzees in medical research, and now must find a place for 310 apes to spend their retirement.

9. FROM SPEARS TO SPALDINGS

Research suggests early hunters developed the ability to throw with accuracy and speed — a uniquely human skill — nearly 2 million years ago.

10. WHO'S THE LATEST BIG NAME TO EXIT WIMBLEDON

Seven-time champ Federer comes up short against 116th-ranked Sergiy Stakhofsky, a day after Nadal was bounced in the first round.


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