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10 things to know today

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:33 PM

1. WHY OBAMA IS SPEAKING OUT ON FOREIGN POLICY

 

His speech at West Point was part of a concerted White House effort to answer critics and stress the point that not every problem has a military solution.

 

2. MAYA ANGELOU, POET AND AUTHOR, DIES AT 86

 

Her memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," made Angelou one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream literary success.

 

3. PRESSURE BUILDS ON SHINSEKI TO RESIGN

 

An investigation finds systemic problems in the VA's sprawling nationwide system, which provides medical care to about 6.5 million veterans each year

 

4. APPLE BUYS HEADPHONE MAKER, MUSIC STREAMER BEATS FOR $3B

 

It's the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history, a price that the company is paying to counter a threat posed to its iTunes store.

 

5. HOW SNOWDEN JUSTIFIES LEAKS

 

He says in a TV interview that he believes he served his country in exposing the NSA's surveillance programs.

 

6. WAISTLINES BULGING AROUND THE GLOBE

 

More than 2 billion people — almost a third of the world's population — are now overweight or obese, according to a global analysis.

 

7. ANOTHER HEADACHE AS WORLD CUP APPROACHES

 

The worst drought in 80 years is hitting Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and site of the tournament's opener.

 

8. WHAT'S BECOME A REASON TO CELEBRATE

 

"Divorce parties" are on the rise, many with cakes featuring weapon-wielding brides or gloomy black frosting on upside-down tiers.

 

9. ACTRESS AIMS TO SHIELD HOLLYWOOD'S YOUNGEST

 

Kristen Bell is leading a campaign to rid the media of paparazzi images of celebrities' kids.

 

10. MAN U, TAMPA BAY BUCS LOSE OWNER

 

Malcolm Glazer, whose poor health in recent years kept him from being involved in day-to-day operations of either of his sports franchises, dies at 85.

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