10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
   
1. MANDELA TURNS 95 IN HOSPITAL
   
The South African leader's daughter says he has improved after fears he has been close to death for weeks with a lung infection.
   
2. OBAMA'S FIGHT AGAINST RACIAL PROFILING
   
As an Illinois state senator, the future president worked for four years to pass a bill requiring police to keep track of the race of people they pulled over.
   
3. STUDENTS GET A DEAL ON LOANS
   
The Senate could vote today on a compromise that would erase a planned increase and let undergraduates borrow at 3.85 percent.
   
4. WHEN RELIEF FROM US HEAT WAVE IS COMING
   
A cold front is moving south today from Canada, but the Northeast and Midwest won't see temperatures out of the 90s until the weekend.
   
5. WHO HAS THE WORLD'S LEADING ECONOMY
   
A poll says the U.S. is viewed as the top global economy by 39 nations, although key U.S. allies consider China as having the upper hand.
   
6. RUSSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER CONVICTED
   
Protests were expected in Moscow after popular blogger and mayoral candidate Alexei Navalny netted a five-year prison term for embezzlement.
   
7. HOW ZIMMERMAN JURORS SPENT THEIR TIME
   
The six women took in movies like "World War Z," went bowling, had pedicures and saw fireworks - at a bill to Florida taxpayers of $33,000.
   
8. 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.
   
9. COUNTDOWN TO COMIC-CON
   
The annual pop-culture celebration - featuring the planet's hottest films, TV shows, video games and comic books - blasts off today in San Diego.
   
10. ONLINE SHOWS VIE FOR EMMY NOMS
   
"House of Cards" and "Arrested Development" are Netflix-only series vying with favorites "Homeland" and "Modern Family" for TV's biggest awards today.

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