10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Staff Writer

The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. IMAGE APPEARS TO SHOW THAT ISLAMIC STATE HAS BEHEDADED CROATIAN HOSTAGE KIDNAPPED IN EGYPT

If confirmed, it would mark the first such killing of a foreign captive in the country by the extremist group.

2. COP WHO SHOT COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER FIRED FROM FORCE

Whether or not officer Brad Miller will face criminal charges for killing 19-year-old Christian Taylor will be up to a grand jury.

3. CLINTON GIVING UP SERVER AMID CONCERNS ABOUT CLASSIFIED DATA

Her campaign casts the move as cooperating with investigators, while her Republican critics suggest that it points to her malfeasance as secretary of state.

4. WHO WON'T ATTEND FLAG-RAISING AT U.S. EMBASSY IN CUBA

The Obama administration doesn't plan to invite Cuban dissidents to the historic event in Havana, illustrating how U.S. policy is shifting focus from the island's opposition to its government.

5. PEACEFUL PROTEST HELD IN FERGUSON

Police outnumber protesters along West Florissant Avenue, perhaps signaling the demonstrations around the anniversary of Michael Brown's death are starting to fade.

6. WHY MANY PRAISE GERMANY, SCORN JAPAN 7 DECADES AFTER WWII

Some of this is linked to the Soviet threat during the Cold War, which forced Europe to work closely with West Germany. No such unifying force emerged in Northeast Asia.

7. NAVAJO NATION FEELS BRUNT OF COLORADO MINE LEAK

"When EPA is saying to me it's going to take decades to clean this up, that is how long uncertainty will exist as we drink the water, as we farm the land," the tribe's president, Russell Begaye, says.

8. CHINA CURRENCY FALLS FOR 2ND DAY

The slide follows a surprise change in its exchange rate mechanism that threatens to fan trade tensions with the U.S. and Europe.

9. LIFE-SIZE CUTOUTS OF POPE POP UP AHEAD OF U.S. VISIT

Cardboard pictures of the pontiff appear all over the Philadelphia region, generating buzz around his upcoming trip.

10. 'DEFLATEGATE' BRINGS TOM BRADY TO COURT

The New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are set to explain to a judge why a controversy over underinflated footballs at last season's AFC conference championship game is spilling into a new season.

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