Every weekday morning, we'll hit the top five stories of the day and clue you in on a few other buzzy items.
1. ARIEL CASTRO
Rambling, defiant speech:
Ariel Castro claims he's a normal person, not a monster. He says the home where he held three women captive was filled with "harmony" and the sex he had with his hostages was consensual. It was a bizarre explanation he gave at his sentencing hearing before a judge sent him to prison, where he will live until he dies.
But Castro was right when he said he is sick, even if he did understate just how much. We also saw the strength of one of his victims. Michelle Knight read a statement, saying "I spent 11 years in hell. Now, your hell is just beginning."
Dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground during the attack on U.S. facilities last year that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. CNN has learned that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever they were doing remains a secret.
For the past seven months, several operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya have had to take more polygraph examinations than usual, according to a source with inside knowledge of the agency's workings. The goal of the questioning - according to sources -- was to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.
3. EDWARD SNOWDEN
Finally out of the airport:
Edward Snowden has a new home and a new job offer. He's now staying with Americans in Moscow after Russia granted him asylum for one year yesterday. And things are looking up for him; a Russian website has offered him a job as a developer.
Things are not looking up for relations between Russia and the United States. The White House says it is extremely disappointed in the move.
4. U.S. EMBASSIES TO CLOSE
The State Department took the usual step of ordering all embassies and consulates that were to be open this Sunday to close due to worries about a terrorist attack. There has been a lot of more "chatter" than normal, a State Department official says. But there were no specific threats with a date or place. Officials felt like the closures were the best to do with Ramadan coming to an end and the anniversary of the Benghazi attack five weeks away.
5. STOCK MARKET
S&P looking A-OK:
Good jobs numbers usually mean a good stock market. The S&P 500 crossed a milestone (1,700) barrier and the Dow rose to a record high also yesterday. The rises were tied to the falling number of people filing first-time claims for unemployment. We'll see if this morning's July jobs report has more good news as expected.
Those are your five biggies for the day. Here are a couple of others that are brewing and have the Internet buzzing.
Big numbers for Tsarnaev cover:
Shops pulled Rolling Stone from their shelves. Readers threatened to cancel subscriptions. The result? Doubled sales for the magazine bearing the tousle-haired Boston bombing suspect.
Never leave a kid behind:
Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr is a nice guy who finished last. But he had a good reason. While he was at home running in a 5K race, Kerr came upon a 9-year-old boy who asked the Marine to run with him because he had lost his friends.
Dressed in fatigues and boots, the young Marine obliged, falling back and guiding his new friend to the finish. And in doing so he finished last in his age group but made hundreds of thousands of people online get misty-eyed when they saw a picture of the pair jogging to the finish.