10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
AP Wire
Aug 7, 2014

1. BANK OF AMERICA NEARS DEAL OVER MORTGAGES

The bank tentatively agrees to forfeit between $16 billion and $17 billion — by far the largest Justice Department settlement arising from the economic meltdown.

2. WHAT EACH SIDE WANTS IN GAZA

As negotiations begin, Hamas wants an end to the blockade of the battered territory. Israel says the militant group must disarm before that can happen.

3. STUNG BY SANCTIONS, PUTIN STRIKES BACK

He orders stiff trade cuts with countries that have imposed economic penalties on Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

4. HOW EBOLA CAN BE HALTED

Health authorities say the outbreak can be stopped just the way previous ones were — by isolating anyone with symptoms and taking other precautions.

5. POLITICIANS INSPIRE SCANT CONFIDENCE

Three-quarters of Americans doubt the federal government will address the important problems facing the country this year, according to an AP-GfK poll.

6. COURT HEARS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CASES FROM FOUR STATES

During a landmark session, a federal appeals court considers whether gays have a fundamental right to wed under the U.S. Constitution.

7. BERGDAHL UNDERGOES FORMAL QUESTIONING

The Army is investigating the soldier's disappearance in Afghanistan and his five years as a Taliban captive.

8. 'ROSETTA' SIDLES UP TO COMET AFTER 4-BILLION-MILE TREK

If all goes as planned, the unmanned European space probe will drop a lander onto the giant lump of dust and ice in the coming months.

9. WOMAN WITHOUT TICKET ABLE TO FLY FROM SAN JOSE TO LA

It's the San Jose airport's second security breach in recent months, after a teenager stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from there to Hawaii.

10. WHO'S READY TO GO CLUBBING

Tiger Woods says his back is healthy and he'll tee it up at this week's PGA Championship.

Comments

Barry Soetoro

2. Thank you for returning to posting the daily gratuitous photo of the poor, innocent Hamas supporters being victimized. I missed that in the "10 Things to Know" yesterday.

Vladtheimp

11. Serious limitations’: Gov’t watchdogs unite in letter slamming Obama administration transparency

"Forty-seven of the government's 73 independent watchdogs known as inspectors general voiced their complaints in a letter to congressional leaders this week. They accused several major agencies -- the Justice Department, the Peace Corps and the chemical safety board -- of imposing "serious limitations on access to records." http://www.foxnews.com/politics/...

12. GREED THE LIBERAL WAY

Liberal commentator/policy wonk/scold Labor Secretary-turned-college professor Robert Reich’s lectures us on greed:

there is “little or no relationship” between what someone is paid and their actual worth to society, and he wrapped up his post by calling for student loans to be forgiven for graduates in fields like social work, nursing and teaching."

Meanwhile, he is charging $240,000 for teaching just one class, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/0...

13. IRS Abolishes Mandatory Expiration Dates For Illegal Immigrants’ Taxpayer Status

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) quietly changed regulations to allow more undocumented immigrants to keep their taxpayer status through a program that is rife with fraud and abuse, and to delay deactivation of immigrant taxpayer status until 2016.

“Last summer the IG issued a damning report in which it found that IRS management ‘discouraged’ IRS workers from ‘detecting fraudulent [ITIN] applications.’ The IG’s report led me to call on then-Commissioner Shulman to resign,” Johnson said to then-acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel.

“On the screen, I’ve got figure 6 from the 2012 IG report showing most frequently used addresses for ITIN tax refunds. As you can see, nearly 24,000 tax refunds totaling $46.4 million were issued to the same address in Atlanta,” Johnson said. “Bottom-line these ITINs are costing taxpayers dearly because they can be used to fraudulently get tax refunds…Look at figure 3 on the screen. Over 1,000 ITINs were assigned to individuals using the same address in Atlanta. You agree that there’s still a problem?” http://dailycaller.com/2014/08/0...

Is there anything Obama won't do for these foreign invaders?

Wolverine49457

Blameless Barry is a victim yet again, this time I suspect the Filmore Administration.

Grassyass

Has anyone seen TheBee? A freak accident involving 60,000 bees took place when a man in dire need of medical attention accidentally crashed into an empty house . . . http://rt.com/usa/177280-car-die...

MaHubah

Israel kicked Hamas arses out. Terrorists in charge of Palestinian people hide behind them to launch their weapons against civilians. Then use Mindless Effin Media to support their cause when they are destroyed at their point of attack. Israeli PM is a smart man and should go for the strangle hold and advance and end this once and for all. We as American's would not stand for 24/7 terror and and neither should any other country. ESPECIALLY ONE OF OUR SUPPOSED ALLIES! O'drama and Hillary/Kerry and Holder better wake up for a revolutionary wake up call! How could the greatest nation on earth fall prey to a triumvirate of dunces?

Lanivan

Fascinating. Absolutely, utterly fascinating.

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