5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, is shown, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong.

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

1. Ecuador Says Snowden Seeking Asylum

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who faces espionage charges for disclosing secret U.S. government anti-terrorism programs, has requested asylum in Ecuador, according to the country's foreign minister.

2. Mandela Remains in Critical Condition

Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, says South African President Jacob Zuma.

3. Zimmerman Trial Begins With Opening Statements

Florida prosecutors will make their opening statements today in the George Zimmerman murder trial, arguing Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in self defense.

4. Colo. Wildfire Doubles in Size

Colorado's wildfire blazed through the Rio Grande National Forest, more than doubling in size over the weekend to an estimated 114 miles, authorities said.

5. Twinkies Coming Back

Twinkies are expected to make their return to store shelves on July 15.

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