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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 Wednesday:

1. PILOTS ADD PIECE TO PUZZLE

They tell investigators they were relying on automated cockpit equipment to control the speed of the San Francisco-bound jet that came in far too slow and crash-landed.

Deborah Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board speaks about Asiana Flight 214, which crashed on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at San Francisco International Airport, at a news conference in South San Francisco, Calif., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

2. CRIMINAL PROBE OPENED IN RAIL WRECK

Canadian authorities say they've "discovered elements" suggesting some crime caused the fiery crash. But they've ruled out terrorism.

3. WHY EGYPT IS SPARKING A DEBATE

The nation's turmoil is raising questions about whether Western-style democracies can flourish in the Arab world.

4. MAN SAYS HERNANDEZ ADMITTED TO SHOOTING

Documents show a man linked to the murder case told police that the ex-NFL tight end admitted firing the fatal shots.

5. HOLDER'S DILEMMA

It'll be up to the AG to decide whether to seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Holder personally opposes capital punishment.

6. WHERE A FINAL DOMINO HAS FALLEN

Illinois becomes the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns.

7. HOMELESS IN PARADISE

Puerto Rico's homeless population has risen sharply amid an ongoing economic crisis and a nearly 14 percent unemployment rate — higher than any U.S. state.

In this June 26, 2013 photo, a homeless couple sleeps in front of a closed business in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nearly 80 percent of previous cases involving homeless people were tied to drugs, but that financial and family problems now play a bigger part. "We're seeing more women on the street," said the Puerto Rico Pro Homeless Coalition of Coalitions' executive director. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

8. TRADITION VS. TEMPTATION

As many Amish start allowing fracking on their land, the big money that comes with it is prompting debates — not about environmental, but about spiritual, pollution.

9. HIGHER EDUCATION SHIFTS GEARS

Many colleges have changed their emphasis in the years since the recession from "follow your passion" to "we'll help you get a job."

10. WHO TURNED TRIP TO COURT INTO A FASHION SHOW

Amanda Bynes dons a long aqua wig, false eyelashes and black sweatpants to face allegations that she chucked a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.

Amanda Bynes, accompanied by attorney Gerald Shargel, arrives for a court appearance in New York, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. The 27-year-old actress is charged with reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence. Bynes was arrested in May after building officials called police to complain she was smoking pot in the lobby. Officers went to her apartment where they say they saw a bong sitting on the kitchen counter. Prosecutors say she tossed the bong out the window in front of the officers. (AP Photo/Bethan McKernan)

 

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