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May 21, 6:04 AM EDT

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. HOW VAST EXTREMIST RECRUITING NETWORK NETS LEGIONNAIRES

As many as 17,000 people from more than 90 countries have streamed to Syria and Iraq to wage holy war for the Islamic State group.

2. ANCIENT CITY FALLS TO IS

Syrian activists say Islamic State militants, after seizing the ancient town of Palmyra in central Syria, are now also in full control of its famed archaeological site with its 2,000-year old Roman colonnades.

3. WHAT MALAYSIA IS DOING ABOUT BOAT PEOPLE

The prime minister orders the navy and the coast guard to rescue migrants stranded on drifting boats, the first country in Southeast Asia to act.

4. VIDEO CAPTURES CHAOTIC SCENE IN WACO

When gunfire erupted outside a Texas restaurant, most of the bikers watching the confrontation ran away from the shooting, a security video shown to AP reveals.

5. MASSIVE OIL SPILL CLEANUP WILL TAKE TIME

Just a fraction of the 105,000 gallons of crude has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretches across 9 miles of California coast.

6. WHAT SCHOOLS HAVE DONE IN THE WAKE OF NEWTOWN

U.S. public schools beef up security measures with safety drills and parent notification systems since the massacre at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

7. NSA SURVEILLANCE FUTURE IN LIMBO

The fate of the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records is unclear following an FBI warning, House-Senate disagreements and Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster.

8. `WHITE FLIGHT' REVERSES IN MOTOR CITY

Cheap housing and incentive programs are partly fueling the regrowth of Detroit's white population.

9. TRULY THE END OF AN ERA

AP's Frazier Moore says David Letterman's 33-year run as host of CBS' "Late Show" ends more than a career, but a cultural epoch.

10. WHO LED CAVS TO EAST FINALS WIN

LeBron James and J.R. Smith led Cleveland past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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