We take a look at some of the headlines getting national attention... this Wednesday July 17th.
Edward Snowden could soon leave the Russian airport where he's been living.
Snowden asked the Russian government for asylum yesterday.
Russian president Vladimir Putin hasn't said if he'll grant Snowden's request... but the White House is asking Russia to send Snowden back to the U-S. to face espionage charges.
Snowden, a former National Security Administration contractor, is accused of leaking secrets about the federal government's surveillance programs.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union... phones and computers aren't the only thing under surveillance in the U-S.
The group says that local police departments collect millions of digital records on where Americans go in their cars... using license plate scanners.
Law enforcement agencies say the practice is legal.. and helps automate work that police are already doing.
The A-C-L-U is calling for stricter guidelines.. including immediately deleting records not tied to an investigation.
More than 6 hundred new counts were filed against Ariel Castro.
He is the Ohio man accused of kidnapping three women and holding them captive in his home for years.
The total number of charges against him now stands at 9 hundred and 77... For crimes against the three women who were teens when they were captured.
Although he entered the court with his head down... The judge ordered him to lift his head and look at her while she read the charges.
He is being held on 8 million dollars bond.
In Washington... The name of Bill Clinton will have a permanent spot.
The U-S Environmental Protection Agency has renamed their headquarters in honor of the 42nd president.
Congress approved the name change last year... In honor of his efforts to combat climate change.
The building will now be called the "william Jefferson Clinton Federal Building."
It is located at 12 hundred Pennsylvania Ave... Next to the federal building named for Ronald Reagan.
And those are some of the stories making headlines this Wednesday July 17th.
The Trayvon Martin is still on the minds of some people..An organization called the National Action Network will host " the Justice for Trayvon 100 city vigil" throughout various cities in the United States... including Macon.
The organization is founded by Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sharpton spoke at the N double A-C-P convention in Orlando today and talked about the risk of maintaining stand your ground laws throughout the country.