10 things to know for today
The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. EBOLA CASE FUELS CONCERNS FOR LIBERIANS IN TEXAS
The first case of the disease diagnosed in the U.S. sends chills through the West African community in Dallas whose leaders urge caution to prevent spreading the virus.
2. PROTESTERS HECKLE HONG KONG LEADER
Upset that Leung Chun-ying has refused to meet them, activists threaten to expand their demonstrations unless he resigns and the Chinese leadership agrees to broader electoral reforms.
3. TALIBAN SUICIDE BOMBERS KILL 7 IN KABUL
The two attacks take place just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact.
4. AIRSTRIKES LAUNCHED AMID INTELLIGENCE GAPS
As it bombs Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon also operates under less restrictive targeting rules than those Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen.
5. WHO TRIES TO FIND HIS ECONOMIC VOICE AGAIN
Obama will draw new attention to the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession with a speech at Northwestern University, linking U.S. stature abroad to the strong economy at home.
6. NATO’S NEW CHIEF HAS MUCH TO TACKLE
Jens Stoltenberg, who served as Norway’s prime minister, is described as “a consensus maker… who builds through small steps and minor measures.”
7. WHAT IF HIGH COURT REJECTS GAY MARRIAGE CASES?
If the justices refuse to get involved in the issue right now, it will allow gay and lesbian couples in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin to begin getting married almost immediately.
8. WHICH HOLY CITY IS UNDERGOING AMBITIOUS OVERHAUL
In the mid-2000s, Saudi Arabia launched the biggest transformation in Mecca’s history with a series of mega-projects that, though incomplete, have already reshaped its centuries-old neighborhoods.
9. APP TEACHES KINDERGARTNERS BASIC COMPUTER CODING
With ScratchJr, children can snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters and other elements in their project move, jump, talk and change size.
10. PAYPAL’S POTENTIAL FIRST SOLO MOVE
Some analysts say the company could be a takeover target.