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January 3, 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. BRUTAL WINDS, COLD AND SNOW ASSAULT NORTHEAST

With nearly 2 feet of snow in some places, residents start digging out and trying to get around.

2. BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS AND HEALTH CARE

The new system doesn't yet have a way for consumers to easily update their coverage after a birth or other big life changes.

3. STRANDED, RESCUED, NOW STALLED ON ANTARCTIC ICE

Concern that a Chinese ship involved in retrieving the 52 passengers might now get stuck itself is delaying the journey home.

4. WHO CAME TO 10 DOWNING STREET

Revealed today: Former Soviet leader Gorbachev showed up unannounced at British Prime Minister Thatcher's residence in 1984.

5. WHAT'S NEXT FOR SNAPCHAT AFTER BREACH

The disappearing-message service promises a more secure version of its app will let users opt out of the "Find Friends" feature.

6. FLOCKING TO FLORIDA

The Sunshine State is on track this year to surpass New York as the nation's third-most-populous state after California and Texas.

7. HOPING FOR RESOLUTION IN TONSIL SURGERY CASE

Lawyers for the hospital and the California girl declared brain dead meet with a federal magistrate today.

8. HOW WOULD SHERLOCK SOLVE THIS ONE?

A fight is brewing over copyright protections expiring on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective tales, and the result could affect many writers.

9. HONORING A RACING LEGEND

Michael Schumacher's fans converge on a French hospital to salute the Formula One champion on his 45th birthday, just days after he was critically injured in a skiing accident.

10. SURPRISE STARTER LEADS SOONERS TO SWEET VICTORY

Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight completes a Sugar Bowl-record 32 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns as No. 11 Oklahoma beat third-ranked Alabama 45-31.

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    August 1, 2014

  • Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with Obama's handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches

    August 1, 2014

  • US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct. WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended their hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year

    August 1, 2014

  • Semi crash coats Indianapolis highway in butter INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A semitrailer has overturned on an Indianapolis interstate, spilling what police say are 45,000 pounds of packages of butter and other dairy products. The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Friday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate

    August 1, 2014

  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended NEW YORK (AP) — It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens to stop both pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers. With ju

    August 1, 2014

  • WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) — There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind. The sights and sounds of World War I flight are recreated regularly at the

    August 1, 2014

  • 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

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