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April 16, 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. NEARLY 300 PEOPLE ARE MISSING AFTER KOREAN BOAT SINKS

The accident involving a ferry that was headed to a tourist island killed three passengers and many more are feared dead.

2. END OF NYPD DEMOGRAPHICS UNIT APPLAUDED

The controversial program tracked the daily lives of Muslims — where they lived, shopped, worked and prayed — in an effort to detect terror threats.

3. CHINA'S ECONOMY SLOWS DOWN FURTHER

Figures indicate the world's second largest economy grew at 7.4% so far this year, its slowest rate since late 2012.

4. WHAT ONE MAN WON'T LEAVE UNFINISHED

An amputee runner recruits--and inspires--two other amputees to come with him to finish the Boston Marathon, interrupted by last year's terror attack.

5. MOSCOW STILL WILLING TO MEET UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS

Despite rising tensions in eastern Ukraine, Russia says it will attend international talks in Geneva on Thursday aimed at ending the crisis.

6. WHO GETS A PEEK AT THE NEW SAT

Anxious students — and their parents — can check out sample questions showing what the test will look like in 2016.

7. UN: IRAN NUKE THREAT DIMINISHING

The world body is set to release a report saying that Tehran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced.

8. ALL YOU'LL WANT TO DO IS RIDE AROUND, SALLY

Ford plans to make 1,964 Mustangs to commemorate the legendary car's 50th anniversary.

9. HOW SLAIN PHOTOGRAPHER IS BEING HONORED

A media group says an award funded with a $1 million gift from a private foundation will be given each year to a female photojournalist in honor of the AP's Anja Niedringhaus, who died this month in an attack in Afghanistan.

10. BASEBALL PAUSES TO REMEMBER NO. 42

MLB's annual Jackie Robinson Day has become "a national holiday for all practical purposes," says the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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