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

1. MIDEAST CEASE-FIRE HOLDS FOR SECOND DAY

As Gazans return home to loss and devastation, Egyptian mediators shuttle between Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo to extend the truce and work out a long-lasting deal.

2. U.S. GENERAL SHOT DEAD IN AFGHAN ATTACK WAS ENGINEER

Harold J. Greene rose through the ranks as an expert in developing and fielding the Army's war materiel.

3. MISSOURI INMATE EXECUTED FOR KILLING NEIGHBOR

Michael Worthington is the first U.S. prisoner put to death since an Arizona lethal injection went awry last month.

4. DEATH TOLL IN SOUTHERN CHINA QUAKE NEARS 600

Search and rescue teams find many more bodies while pushing into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes.

5. WHAT BATTLES FROM FOUR STATES WILL GO BEFORE JUDGES

In the biggest session of its kind to date, a federal appeals court in Cincinnati will hear gay marriage arguments in fights from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

6. WHO IS LEFT BEHIND IN LAND OF OPPORTUNITY

As Africa's economy rises, U.S. businesses are at risk of "missing the boat."

7. WHY FIRST LADIES FROM TWO DIFFERENT ERAS MEET

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush unite for the second time in just over a year to promote U.S. relations with Africa.

8. WAR OF THE WORLDS? NO.


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WAR OF THE WORDS? DEFINITELY.

Japan's recent mass naming of over 100 islands off its shores is just the latest volley in various global battles over place names.

9. KEEPING AN EYE PEELED FOR PUFFINS

The Audubon Society is asking bird lovers to observe Atlantic Puffins, whose population is dwindling in Maine due to starvation.

10. ROSETTA SPACE PROBE CATCHES UP WITH COMET

The goal of the mission is to orbit 67P from a distance of about 100 kilometers (60 miles) and observe the giant ball of dust and ice as it hurtles toward the sun.