10 Things to Know for Today
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
ASSAD REBUTS CHEMICAL WEAPONS ACCUSATION
He says the Syrian military would not have used such weapons because there was no clear front line. U.N. inspectors in Syria to investigate the attack say their vehicle was fired upon by snipers. The U.S. has said there is little doubt that Assad’s regime was responsible for the attack on Aug. 21 in the capital’s suburbs. The group Doctors Without Borders said 355 people were killed in an artillery barrage by regime forces Wednesday that included the use of toxic gas.
WHERE FIREFIGHTERS ARE HOLDING THEIR OWN
The weather could be a negative factor today in efforts to gain ground on a Chicago-sized wildfire that’s burned its way into Yosemite National park. Firefighters say they’re bracing for strong winds of up to 30-40 mph that could push the raging fire further into the northwest edge of the park, threatening thousands of rural homes. More than 5,500 homes are already threatened and at least four have been destroyed.
BO’S TRIAL WRAPS UP
The trial of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has closed, with prosecutors saying he deserves a severe sentence because of his lack of remorse over alleged corruption netting $4.3 million and abuse of power in interfering in a murder investigation.
WHY CHICAGO IS FLOODING ITS STREETS WITH SAFETY GUARDS
The closing of dozens of city schools means that many children will be attending new schools — and will have to cross gang boundaries to get to them.
MARCH ON WASHINGTON RESONATES FOR IMMIGRANTS
“They were fighting for equality, and that’s exactly what we’re fighting for,” one newcomer to the U.S. says as activists mark the 50th anniversary of the seminal civil rights march. The crowds marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington include immigration reform among the many issues they talk about. Advocates say they see similarities between their movement and the civil rights struggle. The link between civil rights and America’s immigration realities is more than a rhetorical device.
WHAT FORT HOOD SHOOTER SEEMS TO BE SEEKING
The Army psychiatrist convicted of the 2009 Fort Hood rampage is starting the sentencing phase of his trial facing a possible rare death sentence in the U.S. military justice system. Maj. Nidal Hasan on Monday returns to the courtroom on the Texas Army post where jurors last week convicted him of the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation.
FINANCIAL PIONEER DIES AT 80
The first woman to become a member of the New York Stock Exchange, Muriel “Mickie” Siebert has died at age 80. Siebert died Saturday of complications from cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Her death was confirmed by Jane Macon, a director of Siebert Financial and a partner at the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.
GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL? PACK A PARKA
The Farmers’ Almanac predicts a blizzard will hit the Northeast before the NFL title game at open-air MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
MILEY CYRUS GRABS THE LIMELIGHT
The provocative pop star shimmies, slithers and sways — and sings, too — in stealing the show at the MTV Video Music Awards.
NADAL RIDING 10-MATCH WIN STREAK INTO US OPEN
The Spaniard carries a lot of momentum into the tournament but could be hindered by an ailing left knee.