5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: The U.S. embassy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, will close Aug. 4, 2013 amidst terrorist threats.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. US Embassies to Close Amid Terrorist Threat

U.S. embassies in a slew of Muslim countries will close on Sunday due to a credible and serious security threat.

2. Ohio Kidnapper Says He's 'Not a Monster'

Ohio Kidnapper Ariel Castro said during his sentencing that he is "not a monster," "lived a normal life" and that the sex he had with the three women he held captive for more than a decade was "consensual." Castro has been sentenced to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years with no parole.

3. NSA Whistleblower Granted Asylum in Russia

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia, upsetting the Obama administration and Congress.

4. Hearing for Accused DC Monument Vandal Today

Jiamei Tian, the 58-year-old woman charged with defacing the Washington National Cathedral with green paint, is due in court today.

5. 'Glee' Will Tackle Monteith Death Head-On

The producers of "Glee" will write Cory Monteith's character Finn Hudson out of the show in the third episode of season five. The episode will reportedly deal with the incidents surrounding Monteith's death with additional PSAs featuring cast members.

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