10 Things to Know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. US STAYING THE COURSE, DESPITE GAINS BY ISLAMIC STATE EXTREMISTS
For now, Obama is showing no sign of easing his opposition to sending American forces back into combat in Iraq.
2. HOUSTON AMONG STORM'S CHIEF VICTIMS
High water from the torrential rain in the region affects virtually every part of the city - with at least 2,500 vehicles abandoned by drivers seeking higher ground, officials say.
3. HOW AMTRAK IS RESPONDING TO DEADLY DERAILMENT
The rail operator says it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers. The cause of this month's crash in Philadephia remains a mystery.
4. IRS: THIEVES GOT ACCESS TO 100,000 TAX RETURNS
Personal tax information can be used to claim fraudulent tax refunds - a growing business for identity thieves.
5. COLORADO THEATER SHOOTER'S NOTEBOOK DESCRIBES `OBSESSION TO KILL' SINCE CHILDHOOD
The prosecution says James Holmes' writings provide evidence that he was sane at the time of the massacre. The defense disagrees.
6. GUNFIRE, EXPLOSIONS ERUPT IN AFGHANISTAN'S CAPITAL
An all-night siege in an upscale neighborhood in Kabul ends with the deaths of four heavily armed attackers, an official says.
7. WHAT'S DRIVING CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS' ACQUISITION OF TIME WARNER CABLE
The $55 billion deal is part of a wave of consolidation in the cable industry as TV watchers increasingly look online for their fix.
8. TACO BELL, PIZZA HUT GETTING RID OF ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FLAVORS
They're the latest big food companies to say they're dropping ingredients that people might find unappetizing.
9. ACTOR, PLAYWRIGHT ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF DRUNKEN DRIVING
Sam Shepard failed a field sobriety test after his arrest outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, police say.
10. WHICH AMERICAN IS OFF TO RUNNING START AT FRENCH OPEN
Twenty-two-year-old Jack Sock upsets 10th-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the tournament's opening round.