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What's News Today, Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Ariel Castro will have a competency hearing to make sure he is able to understand the charges and help attorneys in his defense. Castro faces 329 charges including murder, kidnapping and rape.

President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations will face criticism later tonight. Former Florida Congressman Alan West and the president of the Center for Security Policy" plan to announce their opposition to Samantha Power's nomination. If confirmed, Power will succeed Susan Rice who became the president's new National Security Advisor.

21 recruits will graduate from the Roanoke Regional Fire and EMS academy this afternoon. They spent 18 weeks and more than 700 hundred hours on classroom and training exercises.

Local AT&T wireless stores will begin a Cell Phones for Soldiers program today. It lets you donate your old phone so a soldier can use it to stay in touch with family for free while deployed overseas.

A long awaited homecoming for Navy families in Norfolk. The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier group will return around 3:00. It has been deployed to Europe and Middle East over the past 13 months.

Coming up on NBC's Today, Highway to the Drone Zone. Janet Shamlian takes you inside the military training facility for the U.S. drone pilot program.

Later this afternoon, contestants for the annual Nathan's 4th of July Hot Dog Eating Contest will attend a weigh-in in New York City.

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