Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. U.S. AWAITS LANDMARK VOTE ON GAY MARRIAGE.
The Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions today on two laws that could give gay Americans marriage rights and the same benefits as married heterosexual couples.
2. WHAT SOUTHERN STATES PLAN AFTER VOTING RIGHTS DECISION.
Some pledged to pass laws requiring voters to show photo IDs and others want to set earlier hours after the Supreme Court freed states from federal oversight.
3. CHAOS WITH ABORTION VOTE AFTER FILIBUSTER.
Screaming protesters prevented Texas Republicans from passing a restrictive abortion ban before a midnight deadline.
4. ’NYET’ ON TURNING OVER SNOWDEN.
Putin acknowledges the NSA leaker is at a Moscow airport, and rejected U.S. pleas to extradite him.
5. ARCHBISHOP WISHES PEACEFUL ’END’ FOR MANDELA.
Lucas Aedwaba offered a prayer after visiting the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in a hospital, where he’s critically ill with a lung infection.
6. DEMOCRATS HANG ON TO KERRY SEAT.
Rep. Ed Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez, and the state’s Democrats didn’t repeat the upset of three years ago when Republican Scott Brown succeeded Sen. Edward Kennedy.
7. HOW THE ARMY IS SCALING BACK.
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan end, military leaders say at least 12 combat brigades will be eliminated as the service moves to cut 80,000 troops.
8. 20 KILLED IN CRASH OF INDIA RESCUE HELICOPTER.
The dead included Air Force members and victims stranded by monsoon floods that have washed away homes and believed to have killed over 1,000.
9. TEXAS TO MAKE HISTORY.
The nation’s busiest death penalty state plans to execute its 500th inmate tonight - a woman convicted of killing her neighbor with a candelabra in the 1990s.
10 . IS PAULA DEEN TOAST?
The food diva is expected to speak on the “Today“ show today, but experts say she has already damaged her reputation in the fallout from her admission of using racial slurs.