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1. Heat vs. Spurs in the NBA Finals

The Miami Heat face the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday in the NBA Finals. It's the fourth year in a row the Heat have made it to the finals — a rare feat. The next novella in Miami's serial drama begins in Game 1 as the Heat try to become the fourth franchise — and first team since the 2000-02 Lakers — to win three consecutive titles. Legacy talk is front and center for both teams.

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt speak with KENS 5's Joe Reinagel about what's going on in the NBA Finals locker rooms entering Game 1.

2. Canadian police hunt cop killer

Three Royal Canadian Mounted Police are dead and at least two more have been "mortally" wounded in a shooting in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and a suspect is at large, according to tweets from the police agency.

3. GM to unveil details of Valukas recall probe

General Motors plans to make public Thursday morning details of an internal probe by outside lawyer Anton Valukas, hired by GM to find the failings within the automaker that delayed for more than a decade a recall of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. Consensus expectations are that the report by Valukas, a former U.S. attorney, will exonerate GM CEO Mary Barra, who took the post Jan. 15. She has said repeatedly she knew nothing about the defective switches until just before the February recall.

4. 2014 MLB Draft starts tonight

The annual MLB first-year player draft begins Thursday night. But though nearly everyone who follows the sport realizes the importance of drafting and developing young players, the draft itself can still flummox both casual and ardent fans. Unlike NFL and NBA teams, MLB clubs select players from both high school and college levels, so the draft draws from potentially far more sources of talent and includes many players that few outside MLB front offices have heard of. To help answer some frequently asked questions about the MLB Draft, USA TODAY's For the Win caught up with longtime writer and analyst Peter Gammons.

5. Ronald Reagan died 10 years ago

More than 25 years after leaving office, Ronald Reagan remains a towering figure who left a lasting imprint on U.S. politics. USA TODAY Network lists 10 memorable quotes on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Bonus: It's the first anniversary of Edward Snowden's NSA leak

And, the essentials:

Weather: The heat will be on high across the southern tier on Thursday while severe thunderstorms rattle portions of the central U.S.

Stocks: Wall Street stock futures are trading in a narrow range.

TV Tonight: Find out what's worth watching, and what might not be, in prime time.

And, if you missed Wednesday's news, we've got you covered here.

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