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    FILE - This June 20, 2013 file photo, George Zimmerman listens as his defense counsel Mark O'Mara questions potential jurors during Zimmerman's trial in Seminole circuit court in Sanford, Fla. Judge Debra Nelson said Saturday, June 22, 2013, that prosecution audio experts who point to Trayvon Martin as screaming on a 911 call moments before he was killed won't be allowed to testify at trial. Opening statement begin Monday June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary Green, Pool, file)

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    A pedestrian walks beneath two giant portraits outside the City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, June 24, 2013 at the spot where, on the balcony, former South Africa president Nelson Mandela, made his first public speech after being released from 27 years imprisonment. Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. (AP Photo/Masixole Feni)

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    A full moon rises behind a statue of an eagle on top a flagpole at the Liberty Memorial World War I museum Sunday, in Kansas City, Mo. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as our celestial neighbor swung closer to Earth, reaching its closest distance early Sunday morning.

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A full moon rises behind a statue of an eagle on top a flagpole at the Liberty Memorial World War I museum Sunday, in Kansas City, Mo. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as our celestial neighbor swung closer to Earth, reaching its closest distance early Sunday morning.

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

1. SNOWDEN TRAVELS THE WORLD FOR ASYLUM

The NSA leaker flew from Hong Kong to Moscow with the help of Wikileaks, and has sought asylum in Ecuador.

2. NELSON MANDELA’S HEALTH TURNS FOR WORSE

South Africa’s president says the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader became critically ill in the past 24 hours.

3. OPENING STATEMENTS IN GEORGE ZIMMERMAN TRIAL

Florida prosecutors will argue today in the racially charged trial that Zimmerman is a vigilante who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. Zimmerman says he was defending himself.

4. WHO HELPED SANDY SURVIVORS THE MOST

An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that friends and neighbors, not the government, were the most helpful sources of support.

5. LEBANON CLASHES LEAVE 12 DEAD

Military forces target a mosque where followers of a Sunni cleric are taking cover in some of the country’s worst violence related to bordering Syria.

6. DAREDEVIL CROSSES GORGE ON TIGHTROPE

Nik Wallenda got across a river near the Grand Canyon in 22 minutes on a 2-inch thick steel cable, 1,500 feet high.

7. WHAT SNOWDEN DID IN HONG KONG

Lawmaker Albert Ho says the NSA leaker stayed in a private location, switched places a couple of times and slipped out a few times at night.

8. RULING FAVORS 6-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER CHILD

Colorado officials are holding a news conference today explaining the decision to let Coy Mathis, who identifies as a girl, use the girls’ bathroom at school.

9. GANDOLFINI FUNERAL PLANS SET

The “Sopranos” star will be remembered at an upper Manhattan cathedral on Thursday, after his body was flown from Italy to his home state of New Jersey.

10. SUPERMOON SHINES

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year cast its light around the world Sunday when it came within 222,000 miles of Earth.

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