10 Things to Know for Monday, July 29


UPDATED: Monday July 29, 2013 6:54 AM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
    
1. MIDEAST NEGOTIATORS HEAD TO US
    
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet in Washington today after Israel approved the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners.
    
2. ITALY TOUR BUS CRASH KILLS 37
    
Police said the bus filled with Italian pilgrims smashed into several cars in heavy traffic and plunged into a ravine.
    
3. CHARGES OF SPYING ON JOURNALIST DENIED
    
New Zealand officials denied a report that said U.S. surveillance agencies joined it in tracking phone records of a freelancer working in Afghanistan for McClatchy.
    
4. DRIVER CHARGED IN SPAIN TRAIN CRASH
    
Francisco Jose Garzon Arno, charged with 79 counts of homicide, has said the brakes didn't work when he tried to slow the speeding train before a curve.
    
5. FLORIDA GUNMAN 'IN HIS OWN WORLD'
    
Neighbors said Pedro Vargas, who killed six people and was shot dead by police, was a lonely man who spoke about having pent-up anger.
    
6. DOZENS KILLED IN BAGHAD BOMBINGS
    
A wave of car bombs in and around Baghdad killed at least 47 during morning rush hour in the latest coordinated insurgent attack.
    
7. HUGE HEIST ON THE RIVIERA
    
A haul of $53 million worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen from a Cannes hotel featured in the Hitchcock film "To Catch a Thief."
    
8. WHITEY BULGER DEFENSE BEGINS
    
But lawyers haven't said whether the 83-year-old charged with 19 killings and racketeering in Boston will take the stand himself.
    
9. THE INTELLIGENCE OF FARM ANIMALS
    
Rights advocates say that pigs, chickens and cows may be as smart and sociable as dogs, hoping to boost the ranks of vegetarians in the U.S.
    
10. WHAT PENN STATE KNEW ABOUT ABUSE SCANDAL
    
The university's former president, vice president and athletic director appear today at a preliminary hearing on charges they tried to cover up charges against Jerry Sandusky.

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