Top 10 things happening in the world today

Published 10:12 am Monday, April 30, 2012

1. Deal expected in US asylum case for blind legal activist in China. An activist says a compromise will be reached ahead of this week’s high-level talks in Beijing.

2. One World Trade Center becomes New York City’s tallest skyscraper Monday. News conference is scheduled for 1 p.m.

3. There was no distress signal from sailboat before it was wrecked. The Coast Guard, Mexican navy and civilian vessels suspend their search for a missing sailor after finding the bodies of three other crew members.

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4. High-speed chase, shootout and trio’s capture in Colorado ends in a courtroom.  Sentencing of the Florida siblings is scheduled for 11 a.m.

5. Japan’s prime minister hopes meeting with Obama helps him at home. Yoshihiko Noda meets with the president at 10:40 a.m.

6. First lady campaigns in Arizona. Michelle Obama arrives in Tucson at 7 p.m., giving Arizonans a sign that their state will be up for grabs in November’s presidential election.

7. The rosy life for San Francisco Bar Pilots comes under new scrutiny. Shipping companies are contesting the pilots’ rising fees and the Legislature seeks more oversight over them.

8. Secret Service image deals with a black eye. The prostitution scandal in Colombia has changed the public face of the elite agency.

9. Coroner to give cause of death after seven are killed when SUV plunges into Bronx Zoo. The cause of the crash is still unclear and police haven’t said how fast the vehicle was traveling.

10. Two blasts kill eight, wound nearly 100 in Syria. The country’s state news agency says the explosions in the city of Idlib were carried out by suicide bombers.