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February 10, 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. AP FINDS MILITARY'S HANDLING OF SEX-ABUSE CASES VERGES ON CHAOTIC

Analysis of more than 1,000 cases in Japan shows suspects unlikely to serve time even when authorities agreed a crime was committed.

2. WHO PRODUCED THE MOST SCRUTINIZED TV MOMENT OVER THE WEEKEND

AP's Dave Bauder says Ashley Wagner's one-word response to her score triggered viewers to rewind their DVRs.

3. AVERAGE BRITONS FEAR RIGID CLASS SYSTEM IS BACK ON THE RISE

But the story is more complicated this time. Elite still rule, but lineage is less important, and money and education count for more.

4. PILOTS DON'T SEEM TO KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE

AP finds at least 150 planes since the early '90s have landed at the wrong airport or caught their mistake in time. Silicon Valley airport cited the most.

5. WHY ARGENTINA'S CURRENCY TROUBLES AREN'T HURTING BRAZIL

Unlike a decade ago, larger middle class and buildup of foreign reserves have insulated the country from its neighbor to the south.

6. NEW YORK CITY CLOSE TO BANNING HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGES

That leaves the worrisome question of what will happen to the 200 horses licensed to work in Central Park.

7. WHEN CANCELLATIONS BECAUSE OF SNOW ADD UP TO HEADACHES

Schools in at least 10 states have had so many this winter they'll have to schedule makeup days or sacrifice some of their spring holidays.

8. WHAT NEW YORK'S NEW MAYOR WILL SAY IN HIS STATE OF THE CITY SPEECH

Bill de Blasio is expected to offer a glimpse into his signature goal of fighting the city's widening income inequality gap.

9. U.S. ECONOMY MAY BE AS ROBUST AS IT'S GOING TO GET

Short-term drag from weather, slow growth overseas may be followed by demographic hit as baby boomers retire.

10. NORTH KOREA RESCINDS INVITATION TO DISCUSS RELEASE OF AMERICAN DETAINEE

The State Department is "deeply disappointed" in Pyongyang's decision to withdraw a second offer for a U.S. envoy to discuss jailed businessman Kenneth Bae.

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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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