10 things to know for today

Explore1. George Zimmerman trial to begin today

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in Sanford, Fla., will make opening statements Monday in the racially charged trial of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager.

Zimmerman says he shot the 17-year-old Martin in self-defense. Prosecutors say Zimmerman racially profiled Martin as he walked through a gated community where Zimmerman lived and often patrolled.

Explore2. Snowden reported seeking asylum in Ecuador

Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor wanted by the United States for leaking classified documents, foiled his American pursuers Sunday by fleeing a Hong Kong hideout for Moscow aboard a commercial Russian jetliner, in what appeared to be the first step in an odyssey to seek political asylum in Ecuador.

Snowden’s disclosures of U.S. government snooping into Internet and telephone records around the world has set off a debate in the United States over government invasion of privacy.

Explore3. AJC Peachtree Road Race gets tighter security

With the bombing at the Boston Marathon in mind, officials say there will be enhanced security at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race, including increased police presence along the course, and more areas that will be restricted to volunteers and race workers.

Workers will also be at the entry points to the start at Lenox Square and at finish line in Midtown, searching bags and backpacks as a prerequisite for getting inside a fence that will be set up around the Meadow at Piedmont Park.

Explore4. China newest concern for stock market

Global stock markets reeled Monday, with Shanghai's index enduring its biggest loss in four years, after an increase in China's commercial lending rates sparked fears about the state of the world's second-largest economy.

Explore5. Federer begins defense of Wimbledon title

Seven-time champion Roger Federer will open Wimbledon on Monday as the defending champion, stepping onto Centre Court for the first match of what he hopes will be another two-week stay at the All England Club.

Explore6. Nelson Mandela's condition critical

Nelson Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday.

The 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader and former South African president entered the hospital in early June for treatment of a lung infection.

Explore7. Man completes tightrope walk across gorge

If you missed the live coverage on TV Sunday night, you should know that Nik Wallenda completed his tightrope walk across the 1,500-foot deep Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday.

Explore8. The wait is almost over: Twinkies to return to shelves

Those in need of a sugar surge will be pleased to know that Twinkies will soon be returning to store shelves.

Hostess, which went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year, is back up and running under new owners and plans to have Twinkies and other snack cakes back on shelves starting July 15.

Explore9. Air show deaths investigated

Federal officials were continuing their investigation Monday of a fiery crash at an air show in Ohio that killed the plane's pilot and a wing-walking daredevil.

Explore10. Immigration bill faces crucial vote

The Senate is voting Monday on a “border surge” amendment that has bipartisan support and could pave the way for a final Senate vote on the broader immigration overhaul legislation by the end of next week.

The beefed-up border security amendment was offered to gain GOP support for the legislation’s main element, a 13-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the country without legal status.