Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., second from left, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, turns to answer a question as she leaves a meeting regarding National Security Agency programs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. US CONCLUDES THAT ASSAD HAS USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS
With the regime crossing a “red line,” Obama plans to send weapons and ammunition to Syria’s rebels, officials say.
2. WHY SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMS ARE CAUSING CONFUSION
Americans trying to understand what the government knows about their phone calls and online life meet a wall of changing claims and secrecy.
3. BIOTECH COMPANIES HANDED A PARTIAL VICTORY
The Supreme Court rules that naturally occurring DNA cannot be patented — but synthetically created DNA can be.
4. TOUGH CHOICE IN IRAN
On the eve of the presidential election, Iranians wonder if they should participate in a voting system they believe is rigged or stay away in silent protest.
5. ‘AFFORDABLE’ MAY STILL BE TOO EXPENSIVE
Insurance under Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act may prove too pricey for low-wage workers, some experts predict.
6. WHO’S MAKING WAVES IN NICARAGUA
Lawmakers approve a proposal by a Chinese company to build a shipping passage across Nicaragua that would rival the Panama Canal.
7. A POTATO ‘OPEC’
A lawsuit contends potato farmers have run an illegal price-fixing cartel for a decade, boosting the cost of America’s most popular vegetable.
8. TV INDUSTRY NO LONGER TAKES THE SUMMER OFF
The days of summer re-runs have given way to new shows to watch in the heat of the night, notes AP Television Writer Frazier Moore.
9. RUPERT MURDOCH FILES FOR DIVORCE
The split won’t alter the succession plan for News Corp., which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust.
10. WHAT NFL FANS WILL HAVE TO LEAVE AT HOME
The league is tightening stadium security starting this preseason. Among newly banned items: backpacks, coolers and seat cushions.