Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. EXPLOSIONS SHAKE PORT CITY IN NORTHEASTERN CHINA
The blasts at a warehouse for dangerous materials in Tianjin kill more than a dozen people and injure hundreds. No cause is immediately known.
2. JIMMY CARTER BEING TREATED FOR CANCER
The ex-president says the disease was discovered during a recent surgery and has spread in his body.
3. WHY BEHEADING OF CROATIAN HOSTAGE WORRIES EGYPTIANS
The killing by Islamic State extremists, if confirmed, would undermine the Cairo government's efforts to project stability and buttress an economic turnaround.
4. AIR CAMPAIGN ESCALATES IN MIDDLE EAST
The U.S. launches its first airstrikes by Turkey-based F-16 fighter jets against Islamic State targets in Syria.
5. CONCERNS WIDEN OVER RIO'S POLLUTED WATERS
American swimmers who got sick after the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil now suspect their health problems stem from contaminated water.
6. COUPLES SUE TO OVERTURN MISSISSIPPI GAY ADOPTION BAN
Mississippi is the last state to ban adoptions by same-sex couples.
7. WHEN TO BUY AIRLINE TICKETS
It's an inexact science, but one travel website says the magic moment to find cheap fares for U.S. trips is, on average, 47 days beforehand.
8. SCIENTISTS FIND STRANGE SPECIES OF OCTOPUS
The Larger Pacific Striped Octopus doesn't fit the loner denizen-of-the-deep profile. It's weirdly social, even romantic.
9. CANINE ACTOR 'UGGIE' DIES AT 13
The Jack Russell terrier became a star for his scene-stealing role in the Oscar-winning movie "The Artist."
10. WHO'S PUTTING NFL ON DEFENSIVE
A federal judge at a hearing demands to know what evidence directly links Patriots QB Tom Brady to deflating footballs.