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June 24, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, June 24

Guess what? It’s Monday again…

Weather: We'll have the usual. You hear this forecast a lot this time of year: hot with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Today we’ll see a 40 percent chance of rain today and 20 percent tonight, with a high in the upper 80s and a low near 70. A slightly smaller chance of rain is in store Tuesday.

He got away. Edward Snowden, now wanted by the United States on charges of espionage and theft of government property, got out of Hong Kong after the government there refused an extradition request, saying the request did not fully comply with their laws. Snowden is believed to have flown to Russia on Sunday and is seeking political asylum in Ecuador. Snowden is also reportedly getting assistance from Wikileaks, the European group known for publicizing secret information from various sources.

Nelson Mandela in critical condition. The man who was jailed for more than a quarter century under apartheid rule in South Africa, then helped to end that racial divide and later became the country’s first black president, is in a hospital in Johannesburg. Mandela, 94, has been hospitalized for a lung condition for a couple of weeks but is now fighting for his life, according to the Associated Press.

Sports: The Cup is standing by. The Chicago Blackhawks can win the Stanley Cup tonight, but they face a daunting task — defeating a pesky Boston Bruins team on its home ice. The Hawks took a 3-2 edge in the Finals series with a 3-1 win Friday night. But the Bruins have been down this road before; in 2011 they had to hold off Vancouver in Game 6, then go on to win Game 7 on the road, and they did just that. The puck drops at 7 p.m. (NBC-13)… NASCAR: Martin Truex Jr. broke a six-year losing streak spanning more than 200 races when he won on Sonoma’s road course Sunday.

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