5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: New York Yankees third baseman Alex RodriguezRich Schultz/AP Photo
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez answers questions from the media during a news conference after a minor league baseball rehab start with the Trenton Thunder in a game against the Reading Phillies on Aug. 3, 2013, in Trenton, N.J.

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

1. State Dept: Posts in 19 Countries Closed

U.S. embassies and consulates in 19 cities across the Muslim world will be closed through Saturday, August 10 due to terror threats.

2. Rodriguez to Play Amid Suspension Rumors

Alex Rodriguez will play tonight against the Chicago White Sox but will be suspended for the rest of the 2013 season and possibly through 2014 for his alleged involvement with a Miami clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

3. Train Derails in La., 100 Homes Evacuated

More than 20 cars of a Union Pacific train carrying hazardous materials derailed near Lawtell, Louisiana, forcing the evacuation of about 100 homes.

4. Powerball Jackpot Grows to $400M

The Powerball jackpot has grown to an estimated $400 million after no ticket matched all six numbers in the weekend's drawing. The next drawing will be Wednesday.

5. Prince William to Report to Air Force

Prince William is expected to report back to his air force duties in Wales after two weeks of paternity leave.