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November 27, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today, 1st Ld-Writethru

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

1. STORMS THREATEN HOLIDAY TRAVEL

As millions of Americans take to the roads, bad weather across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic could disrupt their plans.

2. WHY WIND MIGHT GROUND GIANT BALLOONS IN MACY'S PARADE

Snoopy and the other iconic characters can't lift off if gusts exceed 34 mph — and current forecasts for Thursday call for gusts of 36 mph.

3. OBAMA'S SUCCESS ON IRAN DEAL MASKS ASIAN SHORTCOMINGS

The White House promised to make Asia a priority but so far it has little to show for that pledge.

4. HOW A RUSSIAN TV SHOW IS SPREADING ANTI-GAY PROPAGANDA

Program on Moscow's state television portrays homosexuals as corrupt and demonic.

5. BIDEN'S EFFORT TO STAY RELEVANT IS A DELICATE BALANCE

The vice president sometimes keeps a low-profile but his fortunes are closely tied to Obama's legacy.

6. WHAT MYANMAR'S NOBEL LAUREATE IS SAYING ABOUT ANTI-ISLAMIC VIOLENCE

Aung San Suu Kyi defends her stand on the attacks against Muslims while denying charges of ethnic cleansing in her homeland.

7. JUDGE DENIES O.J. SIMPSON BID FOR A NEW TRIAL

The former football star who is in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping will appeal to Nevada's highest court.

8. KITCHEN STAR MAKES NUTRITIOUS MEALS FOR MINNESOTA HOMELESS

The former Capital Grille chef says a "spiritual awakening" led him to the Salvation Army kitchen in St. Paul.

9. SLIM VOLUME FETCHES HUGE SUM

A tiny book of psalms from the mid-17th century, believed to be the first book printed in the U.S., sells for a record $14.2 million.

10. WHO IS COMPETING FOR BASEBALL'S HALL OF FAME

Nineteen newcomers, including four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, are on the ballot along with four steroid-tainted holdovers.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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