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February 6, 2014

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. U.N. CHIEF DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON GAYS

Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against homosexuals, an issue that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

2. HOW PONTIFF MAY RESPOND TO U.N. REPORT ON ABUSE

In a first, Vatican officials suggest Pope Francis may sanction bishops for having covered up for abusive priests.

3. FEARS OF SLOWDOWN SHARPEN FOCUS ON HIRING

A robust U.S. jobs report Friday would help soothe those jitters.

4. HOW HAGEL IS DEALING WITH ETHICAL LAPSES IN MILITARY

The defense secretary orders Pentagon leaders to "put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force."

5. WHAT THE FALLOUT IS FROM LATEST NORTHEAST STORM

Hundreds of thousands of residents may be without power for days as utility crews work feverishly to restore electricity.

6. FAA TO EXAMINE AIRPORT TOWERS

AP's Jessica Gresko finds the agency will probe the lightning protection systems at hundreds of towers after a bolt injured an air traffic controller in Baltimore.

7. CALIFORNIA TOWN'S WATER SHORTAGE STOKES FEARS OF FUTURE

With the Golden State in an extreme drought, water supplies in some northern rural areas are imperiled as reservoirs dwindle and local streams dry up.

8. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN REMEMBERED

Broadway theaters dim their lights in memory of the Tony Award-nominated actor as members of the theater community hold a candlelight vigil.

9. LOOK WHO'S TURNING 50

G.I. Joe, called the world's first action figure, is being celebrated by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the Vietnam War.

10. WHO'S EXPANDING ITS NFL COVERAGE

CBS wins the NFL Network's rights to air eight Thursday night games next season.

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  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror susp

    July 31, 2014

  • GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. Newly released emails show the former IRS official referring to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more, a revelation that is fueling GOP c

    July 31, 2014

  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided

    July 31, 2014

  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for Do

    July 31, 2014

  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress' five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats

    July 30, 2014

  • House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote on the $17 bill

    July 30, 2014

  • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids WASHINGTON (AP) — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juve

    July 30, 2014

  • The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. These aren't small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends,

    July 30, 2014

  • What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee) NEW YORK (AP) — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in "us." Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of mark

    July 30, 2014

  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support WASHINGTON (AP) — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to

    July 29, 2014

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