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January 29, 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. UKRAINE PARLIAMENT TO VOTE ON AMNESTY FOR ARRESTED PROTESTERS

A yes vote is unlikely to appease demonstrators, though, because they want President Yanukovych to resign and early elections declared.

2. ON ALABAMA BEACHES, ICICLES HANG FROM PALM TREES

A winter storm that might be no big deal in the North all but paralyzes the Deep South, bringing snow, ice and teeth-chattering cold.

3. AP ANALYSIS FINDS OBAMA'S AGENDA HAS GONE FROM BOLD TO BITE-SIZED

Nancy Benac agrees the president can bypass Congress and get some things done on his own, but says creativity is no substitute for clout.

4. GOP RESPONSE TO OBAMA SPEECH TAKES HIGHLY PERSONAL APPROACH

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers focuses on her background and family as she offers vision of Republicans determined to empower Americans, not the government.

5. FEDERAL RESERVE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE REDUCING STIMULUS

In the final meeting Bernanke will preside over as chairman, Fed may pare bond purchases another $10 billion, to $65 billion a month.

6. AIR FORCE'S NUCLEAR LAUNCH CORPS FACES NEW STRAIN

The number of officers implicated in the cheating scandal doubles from the original 34, which means about 14 percent of all officers are sidelined.

7. HOW CONVENIENCE STORES IN PHILLY ARE PROMOTING BETTER HEALTH

Corner groceries broaden their inventory of fresh produce, whole grains and low-fat dairy and use cooking demonstrations to teach residents nutritious food options.

8. WHY U.S. SUPREME COURT BLOCKED EXECUTION OF MISSOURI MAN

Lawyer for Herbert Smulls says the state's refusal to disclose source of lethal-injection drug made it impossible to rule out suffering during execution.

9. WHERE POLITICAL PROTESTS ARE BAD FOR BUSINESS

Months of turmoil in Bangkok have hurt tourist bookings and left business leaders worried that investors will move to neighboring countries.

10. WHAT PEYTON MANNING SEES WHEN HE ENTERS BRONCOS' LOCKER ROOM

Teammates leave No. 18 jerseys for him to sign, perhaps thinking there won't be an opportunity after this year.

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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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