10 things to know today
Jul 21, 2015 at 12:44 PM
1. LEAK SPOTLIGHTS GOV'T RELIANCE ON CONTRACTORS
Revelations about NSA surveillance underscore risks of making hundreds of thousands of private contractors a key part of US intelligence gathering.
2. SENATE APPROVES HALF-TRILLION DOLLAR, 5-YEAR FARM BILL
The legislation, which will cost nearly $100B annually, expands crop insurance, rice and peanut subsidies and trims food stamps.
3. MOVEMENT ON LANDMARK IMMIGRATION BILL
The full Senate prepares its first votes on the legislation, readying amendments on border security, back taxes and health care coverage.
4. WHO'S ATTEMPTING TO REKINDLE NEGOTIATIONS
North, South Korea will hold their highest-level talks in years Wednesday, aiming to restore joint economic projects, ease animosity over nuclear war threats.
5. WHITEY BULGER'S OLD STOMPING GROUNDS GENTRIFIED
The reputed gangster's neighborhood is now an ethnic melting pot invaded by young urban professionals, pricey condominiums, upscale coffee shops.
6. WHERE NSA LEAKER HINTED AT SEEKING HAVEN
Edward Snowden said he was inclined to request asylum in Iceland, a country he felt shared his values.
7. FOLLOWING AP REPORT, BRAZIL TO PERFORM CRASH TESTS
The country's first auto crash test facility will aim to improve the poor safety record of vehicles built and sold in the world's No. 4 automobile market.
8. GERMAN WWII BOMBER RAISED FROM WATERY GRAVE
The RAF Museum intends to showcase the intact aircraft, shot down over the English Channel some 70 years ago during the Battle of Britain.
9. APPLE REVAMPS LOOK OF iPHONE, iPAD SOFTWARE
The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for a clean, simple, translucent impression.
10. TEBOW TO JOIN ONE OF JETS' BIGGEST RIVALS
The ex-NYJ quarterback will sign with the Patriots, joining their minicamp Tuesday, a source tells the AP.