10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
   
1. TURKEY PRIME MINISTER TO FACE PROTESTERS
   
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's meeting with activists today comes after hours of clashes in Istanbul between protesters and police who fired tear gas into the crowds.
   
2. NSA HEAD TO FACE CONGRESS
   
Gen. Keith Alexander will field senators' questions about the surveillance by U.S. spy agencies after many called for an end to them.
   
3. OPENING THE DOOR FOR IMMIGRANTS
   
In Spanish and English, the Senate pushes contentious immigration legislation over early procedural hurdles as Obama urges "The moment is now."
   
4. THE STORM THAT COULD HIT 1 IN FIVE AMERICANS
   
The derecho, a weather event that could span hundreds of miles from Iowa to Maryland, is likely to generate tornadoes, power outages and oppressive heat.
   
5. CLEVELAND KIDNAP SUSPECT HEADS TO COURT
   
Ariel Castro was to be arraigned today on hundreds of charges related to the kidnapping and rape of three women found in his home with a 6-year-old girl he fathered.
   
6. STUNNING WORDS FROM THE VATICAN
   
Pope Francis laments that a "gay lobby" is at work at the Vatican and acknowledges he isn't particularly adept at administration, notes from a private audience reveal.
   
7. WIKILEAKS CASE TO FOCUS ON GITMO
   
Prosecutors plan to present evidence of detainee assessments that Pvs. Bradley Manning acknowledge leaking and may reveal details about al-Qaida leaders' movements.
   
8. LEAKER'S GIRLFRIEND 'STILL SHOCKED'
   
Lindsay Mills' father says he doesn't know where his daughter is now; she wrote, "my world has opened and closed" after revelations that Edward Snowden leaked classified secrets.
   
9. ANOTHER REASON BRITS ARE HAPPY ABOUT ROYAL BABY
   
Officials hope the birth next month of an heir to the throne could boost consumer confidence and the UK's sluggish economy.
   
10. NONSTARS STAND OUT AS SPURS BLOW OUT THE HEAT
   
Danny Green scored 27 points and Gary Neal made six 3-pointers while scoring 24 as San Antonio drubbed Miami 113-77, taking a 2-1 lead in the finals series.

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