Edward Snowden on the move; skittish investors; Nelson Mandela watch: Top stories for June 24, 2013
1) Where he stops, nobody knows. NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden left Hong Kong Sunday and multiple reports had the U.S. citizen heading to Moscow on his way to Cuba or Venezuela to reach Ecuador. On Sunday afternoon, The Associated Press reported that Snowden's passport had been revoked and Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said his country had received an asylum request for Snowden.
2) Stock investors will remain on edge Monday after last week's mercurial sessions that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average add 41 points on Friday after sinking 350 the day before on comments by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke. For the week, the Dow lost 1.8 percent.
3) Contractors behind the new Tappan Zee bridge project will be installing underwater sensors in the Hudson River as early as Monday to monitor the endangered Atlantic and short-nosed sturgeon. Environmental groups support the monitoring after a March deal with the state guaranteed some $11.5 million for habitat and wildlife projects during bridge construction.
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4) Eyes around the world will be on the condition of Nelson Mandela on Monday. The former South African president's health has deteriorated, and the 94-year-old was in "critical" condition Sunday evening, the South African government said. Mandela was hospitalized earlier this month with a lung infection, according to the government.
5) The Chicago Blackhawks will look to seal their second NHL championship in four years Monday night while the Boston Bruins will try to force a deciding Game 7. Chicago took a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night when Patrick Kane scored two goals and Corey Crawford made 24 saves in a 3-1 victory.