10 things you need to know for Friday

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Below are some of the top news stories that are happening around the world. It case you missed them below is a brief description of each, What an easy way to brush up on your current events!

1. What’s next for North Korea after failed rocket launch. It was supposed to be a celebration of its founder’s birth, but now Pyongyang is dealing with the embarrassing aftermath of a failed satellite launch.

2. Assad to face test of restraint. Syria’s opposition calls for massive protests across the country, to test the regime’s commitment to an internationally brokered and fragile cease-fire.

3. Romney to speak before the National Rifle Association. In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, the Republican presidential candidate tries to woo conservatives who view him warily at 1:20 p.m.

4. Attorney for neighborhood watch volunteer begins defense. The lawyer for George Zimmerman undertakes what could be a lengthy legal battle to free him from the second-degree murder charge in the Trayvon Martin shooting.

5. U.S., Iran poised for nuclear talks. With Israel watching closely and the U.S. skeptical of any breakthrough, Iran gets another chance at diplomacy this weekend.

6. Unlikely pairing lands Whole Foods in the MotorĀ City. Detroit, infamous for its population exodus, unemployment, decay and crime, would seem an odd place for an upscale natural and organic grocery chain to plant roots.

7. Bizarre kidnapping saga in Houston comes to light. Two women accused of kidnapping an infant eight years ago and keeping his identity a secret appear in a Texas courtroom at 2:30 p.m.

8. Operation: River Watch. La Crosse, Wis., has struggled for years to end a string of alcohol-related drownings and close calls. Now the area’s college students are doing something about it.

9. The price for propaganda. An electrician from northern Virginia who admitted producing an online propaganda video for a Pakistani terrorist organization will learn his fate at 9 a.m.

10. The future of Megaupload data to be determined. A judge will hear arguments at 10 a.m. on what should be done with millions of data files that went dark when the feds shut down one of the world’s largest file-sharing sites