The 16-year old abduction survivor speaks exclusively to TODAY about her mother and brother, who were killed before she was kidnapped by James DiMaggio.
Here's a snapshot of some of the stories NBC News is following Thursday:
Hannah speaks: Teen talks of abduction for first time
In an exclusive conversation with NBC News' TODAY and the first since her rescue from a kidnapper, Hannah Anderson says she considers herself a survivor rather than a victim. "My mom raised me to be strong." She extended her thanks to authorities and everyone else who put in time to find her. “And my dad and my friends and my family and just all my supporters that helped spread the word in the news." Read it here
'I am Chelsea Manning,' says convicted leaker
Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statement read on TODAY Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.” Read it here
Hernandez could be indicted Thursday
Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez could learn Thursday whether a grand jury has voted to indict him for killing a former associate. Hernandez is scheduled to be in court in the afternoon in Attleboro, Mass. for a probable cause hearing. A grand jury has been investigating the case and hearing from several witnesses, including a man who is suing the ex-New England Patriots standout for allegedly shooting him in January in Florida.
Afghanistan killer's brother: 9/11 changed 'good-time Bobby'
Jurors have two pictures of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales to consider as they weigh whether he should ever have a shot at freedom: The indulgent dad who let his son soak his chocolate chip pancakes in ranch dressing, and the mass murderer who inexplicably slaughtered children, women and men in a mud-walled compound in Afghanistan. The convicted soldier's mental state is expected to be at issue his sentencing hearing resumes at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Read it here
Fort Hood shooter
Army Maj. Nidal Hasan is sending just one piece of evidence to the jury room when deliberations begin over whether he is guilty of the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood - an evaluation from his boss that called him a good soldier. Then there's what military prosecutors are handing over. Pill bottles that rattle with bullets removed form soldiers. In all, the U.S government produced more than 700 pieces of evidence against Hasan, who hasn't put up a fight against charges that he killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others. Closing arguments in his trial get underway Thursday. Read it here
Who’s really moving back in with mom and dad
Here’s the stereotype: Across the country, basements are full of 20- and 30-somethings who graduated from college and now live with mom and dad because they can’t find a job. The reality? Millions of the millennials who are stuck in their parents’ homes don’t have a college degree and can’t get a break in this harsh economy, a new analysis of government data shows. Read it here
Volunteers wanted: Broadband by balloon
Deliver broadband connectivity to remote areas by means of balloon-mounted transceivers? Leave it to Google, whose Project Loon is entering a testing phase. The project's Google+ page posted an invitation to people in Central California who were willing to have antennas installed at their homes. The Loon balloons will fly overhead and exchange Internet traffic with these antennas, providing some real-world data on how the system would work and potential problems. Read it here
Mr. 4,000: Ichiro knocks historic hit
New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki slapped a first-inning single into left field Wednesday night off Toronto Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey for his 4,000th professional hit between North America and Japan. Ichiro had 1,278 hits in Japan, and has 2,722 -- and counting -- in the Majors. Read it here
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report
This story was originally published on Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:20 AM EDT