10 Things to Know for Today

Staff Writer

The Associated Press

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

1. DEATH TOLL IN NORTHEASTERN CHINA CLIMBS TO AT LEAST 50

Hundreds are injured in the port city of Tianjin after blasts at a warehouse for dangerous materials sent up massive fireballs, turning the night sky into day.

2. TRUCK BOMB IN BAGHDAD MARKET KILLS 67

Islamic State Sunni extremists claim responsibility for the explosion which wounded at least 152 people in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood.

3. KENTUCKY CLERK'S OFFICE DEFIES JUDGE'S RULING, REFUSES TO GIVE MARRIAGE LICENSES TO GAYS

Deputy clerk Nathan Davis says they were advised by attorneys to continue refusing while they appeal the decision.

4. FAIR TIME IN IOWA

A presidential candidate's visit to the Iowa State Fair may be the purest distillation of the campaign experience in the state that starts the voting in the race for the White House.

5. WHY U.S. LAWMAKERS SLAM CHINA CURRENCY DROP

They see it as damaging for American businesses and workers, but the Obama administration takes a more sanguine approach.

6. JIMMY CARTER SAYS HE HAS CANCER

Determining what treatment to pursue for the former president's tumor will depend on its type, its origin and other factors, doctors say.

7. EXPERTS SEE LONG-TERM RISKS FROM COLORADO MINE SPILL

It will almost certainly cost untold millions in economic disruption and environmental damage in three states — to rafting companies, Native American farmers and municipal water systems.

8. U.S. CULTURE ALREADY WIDESPREAD IN CUBA

Cuban music, literature and fashion are steeped in American influence that has survived a half-century of official hostility.

9. WHAT JAPANESE WORLD OF SUSHI CHEFS HIGHLIGHTS

The almost exclusively male domain betrays a gender gap based on stereotypes and belief women's warmer body temperature leads to inferior taste.

10. SAN FRANCISCO TRIES TO FIGHT PUBLIC URINATION

The city paints nine walls with a repellant paint that makes urine spray back on the offender.

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