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
Jul 18, 2013

1. PHOTO OPS

They're everywhere: police cameras capturing, storing and sharing data on license plates, including yours, allowing authorities to track your movements with few legal restrictions.

2. BREAKTHROUGH ON STUDENT LOANS

A deal is reached in the Senate to restore lower interest rates for student borrowers.

3. WHERE GAY UNIONS ARE CAUSING LITTLE FUSS

Queen Elizabeth signs a bill legalizing same-sex marriages in England and Wales with scant fanfare or opposition.

4. CUBA'S MOVE STILL A PUZZLE

The decision to ship arms to North Korea promised little military payoff and risked Havana's slowly warming ties with Washington.

5. HOW ART MAY HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO ASHES

Authorities are trying to determine whether a Romanian woman whose son is charged with stealing a Matisse, a Picasso and a Monet burned the paintings in her oven.

6. ROLLING STONE COVER SPARKS OUTRAGE

In a close-up photo, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev looks more like a young Bob Dylan or Jim Morrison than the man suspected in the Boston Marathon bombing.

7. WHAT FORGETFULNESS MIGHT SIGNAL

Memory lapses often regarded as a normal part of aging may be reason for worry, researchers say. They could be the earliest sign of dementia.

8. COUNTDOWN TO COMIC-CON

The annual pop-culture celebration — featuring the planet's hottest films, TV shows, video games and comic books — blasts off Thursday in San Diego.

9. EMMYS MAY NOT BE JUST FOR TV ANYMORE

Online contenders stand a chance of winning Emmy nominations when the list is announced Thursday. If any do, it'll be a first.

10. BASEBALL BIRTHDAY

The designated hitter rule — and the debate about it — have now been part of the big leagues for 40 years.

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