10 things to know for today

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

1. U.S. awaits landmark vote on gay marriage

The Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions today on two laws that could give gay Americans marriage rights and the same benefits as married heterosexual couples.

2. New challenges, strains as lottery turns 20

On June 29, 1993, former Gov. Zell Miller bought the first lottery ticket ever sold in Georgia. Twenty years later almost to the day, Miller, Gov. Nathan Deal and host of other dignitaries will gather Wednesday to celebrate how far the Georgia Lottery has come.

3. Court voids key part of Voting Rights Act

Governing bodies throughout Georgia and the South no longer need federal approval to change voting procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a landmark revision of civil rights law. | Southern states promise quick action after decision | Georgians applaud, decry ruling | NAACP reacts in Ga.

4. Metro Atlanta home prices continue to rise

Metro Atlanta housing prices, which have been rising out of a deep hole for the past year, climbed even faster in April.

5. Georgia students improve in latest test scores

Students in Atlanta Public Schools outperformed their predecessors in 23 of the 30 content areas of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test, statewide and district-level results released Tuesday by the state Department of Education showed.

6. Archbishop wishes peaceful 'end' for Mandela

Lucas Aedwaba offered a prayer after visiting the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in a hospital, where he's critically ill with a lung infection.

7. Chaos with abortion vote after filibuster

Screaming protesters prevented Texas Republicans from passing a restrictive abortion ban before a midnight deadline.

8. 'Nyet' on turning over Snowden

Putin acknowledges the NSA leaker is at a Moscow airport, and rejected U.S. pleas to extradite him. | VIDEO: Current whereabouts of Edward Snowden

9. Texas to make history

The nation's busiest death penalty state plans to execute its 500th inmate tonight — a woman convicted of killing her neighbor with a candelabra in the 1990s.

10. Is Paula Deen toast?

The food diva is expected to speak on the "Today" show today, but experts say she has already damaged her reputation in the fallout from her admission of using racial slurs. | Deen's sons address racism allegations

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