10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 12:37 PM
1. WHY THE WHITE HOUSE IS ON THE DEFENSIVE
Simultaneous investigations into the IRS targeting conservative political groups and last year's attacks in Libya are threatening to overtake Obama's second-term agenda.
2. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OBTAINS AP PHONE RECORDS
"There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications," CEO Gary Pruitt says.
3. ACCUSATIONS IN HONDURAS OF FEDERAL DEATH SQUADS
The AP has determined that at least five times, street gang members were killed or went missing just after run-ins with the U.S.-supported national police.
4. JURY CONVICTS PHILADELPHIA ABORTION DOCTOR
Dr. Kermit Gosnell could face the death penalty; three babies were killed after they were born alive.
5. WHAT'S FEEDING FEARS OF SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN IRAQ
There's been a sharp rise in attacks on Sunni holy sites.
6. MINNESOTA JOINS RANKS OF STATES ALLOWING GAY MARRIAGE
"We're excited to become equal citizens under the law," says Maria Bevacqua, who celebrated at the state Capitol with her partner, Jessica Flatequal.
7. GRASSHOPPER: IT'S WHAT'S FOR DINNER
The U.N. promotes edible insects as low-fat, high-protein foods for people, pets and livestock.
8. CELESTIAL SINGER
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performs his own version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as he prepares to leave the International Space Station.
9. CANNES FESTIVAL KICKS OFF
"Every time I go to Cannes, it feels like I'm entering the helicopter scene in 'La Dolce Vita,'" says Leonardo DiCaprio. "It's an insane experience."
10. WHO'S BACK IN COURT
O.J. Simpson asks for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison in 2008 for up to 33 years.