By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHO’S PROFITING FROM LOCKING UP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
An AP review shows American taxpayers may be paying up to $2 billion a year for prison firms that in turn spend tens of millions lobbying lawmakers and contributing to their campaigns.
2. SYRIAN REBELS USE CAPTURED TANK AGAINST THE REGIME
Using the government’s own weapons against them is just another twist in the clashes taking place today in Aleppo and Damascus.
3. WILL JUDGE DECLARE A MISTRIAL IN DREW PETERSON CASE
The ruling, expected after trial resumes at 9 a.m., could even result in the former suburban Chicago police officer going free.
UPDATE: JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A judge decided against declaring a mistrial in Drew Peterson’s murder case Thursday, saying the former police officer still can get a fair trial despite prosecutors’ missteps.
The ruling by Judge Edward Burmila followed several blunders by prosecutors, who are seeking to prove the 58-year-old Peterson killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. He also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but has never been charged in her case.
4. SENATE MAY HEAD HOME WITHOUT ADDRESSING INTERNET SECURITY
Sponsors of the bill scramble to overcome Republican resistance to the measure but appear short of the votes needed for it to pass.
5. OBAMA AND ROMNEY CAMPAIGN IN THREE KEY STATES
The president starts with a speech in Orlando, Florida, at 1:40 p.m., followed by a stop in Virginia while Romney speaks in Golden, Colo., at 12:15 p.m.
6. HOW CITY LAYOUT WILL HELP WITH CONVENTION SECURITY
As Charlotte, N.C., officials prepare for the arrival of Democratic delegates, they find the area they’ll be gathering in will help police contain protests.
7. EPA HAS TROUBLE FINDING LIVESTOCK FARMS IT SHOULD REGULATE
The agency is supposed to regulate pollution from livestock waste, but can’t keep track of where the farms are located.
8. MICHAEL PHELPS VS. RYAN LOCHTE: ROUND TWO
The two swimmers face off in the 200-meter individual medley, with preliminaries starting at 4 a.m. and the finals beginning at 1:30 p.m.
9. AT THE GAMES, IT’S ‘SHOW US THE MONEY’ – IF YOU WANT TO SHOW YOUR LOGO
Some say the Olympics committee has been heavy-handed in branding restrictions on companies that didn’t bankroll the games.
10. WHO IS GIVING THE BEST PARTIES AT THE OLYMPICS
An eclectic guided tour of the best national houses shows which countries are sophisticated and which are outrageous when it comes to celebrating.