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8:41 am
Thu February 13, 2014

10 Things to Know for Thursday February 13, 2014

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

Credit Steve Biddle

1. ARMY OF UTILITY WORKERS LABORING IN THE SOUTH  A half-million homes and businesses lost power to the storm now sweeping up I-95 corridor to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.  WINTER WEATHER

2. COMCAST TO BUY TIME WARNER CABLE FOR $45 BILLION  AP sources confirm deal that would combine two largest U.S. cable companies. Announcement expected this morning.   COMCAST-TIME WARNER CABLE

3. AFGHANISTAN FREES DETAINEES U.S. CALLS 'DANGEROUS'  The release of 65 accused militants from a former U.S. prison further strains relations between Washington and Karzai.   AFGHANISTAN

4. AMERICAN STARS WIPING OUT IN SUNNY SOCHI  From Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso to Shaun White and Shani Davis, athletes expected to win gold have stumbled.   STRUGGLING AMERICANS

5. TEA PARTY TEEING OFF ON SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER  After Mitch McConnell helped advance the bill to raise the debt ceiling, conservative groups signal they'll make his vote an issue in November. DEBT LIMIT

6. ABOUT ONE MILLION SIGN UP FOR 'OBAMACARE' IN JANUARY  It's the first time since the health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target has been met.   HEALTH OVERHAUL

7. HOW U.S. WILL GET RID OF SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS  An AP Q&A tells you about the ship, crew and process that will be used to destroy mustard gas and raw materials for sarin nerve gas.  CHEMICAL WEAPONS-DESTRUCTION SHIP

8. FOREIGN 'DRUG MULES' FACE A PURGATORY IN PERU  Caught trying to smuggle cocaine, they serve their time but then find themselves stuck in the country until parole ends, fines are paid.   PERU-DRUG MULE PURGATORY

9. MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY CASTAWAY IN GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH, MENTALLY FRAGILE  El Salvador fisherman tells doctors he came close to giving up hope after large ships passed close to his small boat but didn't stop to rescue him.   SALVADOR-SEA SURVIVOR

10. WHAT AP POLL SAYS ABOUT THE SEXES AND VALENTINE'S DAY  Men are just as excited about the holiday as women, and almost everyone wants to receive a gift.   AP POLL-RELATIONSHIPS

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