10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Posted: Jun 04, 2013 11:45 PM
10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. FRANCE SAYS SYRIAN REGIME USED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

The nerve gas sarin was used at least once by Assad's forces, the French government says. It's the most specific claim yet by any Western power about chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

2. WHO GOT A TASTE OF THE HIGH LIFE

IRS officials at a $4.1 million training conference enjoyed luxury hotel rooms, free food and free drinks.

3. TURKISH GOVERNMENT OFFERS APOLOGY

The deputy prime minister speaks softly — but riot police deploy water cannons — as anti-government demonstrations continue.

4. ONE PLACE YOU DON'T WANT MORALE TO DIP

Officers with a finger on the trigger of the Air Force's nuclear missiles complain of "poor leadership" and being stuck in "dead-end careers," emails obtained by the AP reveal.

5. CHRYSLER DEFIES RECALL ORDER

The automaker insists its Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Libertys are safe. The government sees a fire risk.

6. OKLAHOMA TWISTER A RECORD-SETTER

Friday's deadly tornado was the widest ever at 2.6 miles. And its winds reached nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest ever measured.

7. WHICH CRIME STAT SEEMS SKEWED

Marijuana use by whites and blacks is about the same. But blacks are much more likely to be busted for possession, the ACLU says.

8. HE WHO HAS THE LAST GAFFE

Ohio State University's president announces his retirement after coming under fire for jokingly referring to "those damn Catholics" at Notre Dame.

9. WHY THE LIGHTS ARE GOING OUT ON BROADWAY

Theaters plan to dim their marquees Wednesday in memory of Jean Stapleton, best-known as Edith on TV's "All in the Family."

10. A SURPRISE AT THE FRENCH OPEN

Second-seeded Roger Federer is bounced out in straight sets — and in less than two hours — by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.