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Tue February 4, 2014

10 Things to Know for Tuesday February 4, 2014

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

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1. AUTHORITIES TESTING PACKETS OF HEROIN FOUND IN HOFFMAN APARTMENT  Officials want to know whether the drug was mixed with anything else. The actor's autopsy is underway and results are pending. HOFFMAN-INVESTIGATION

2. BANKS, RETAILERS BATTLE OVER CONSUMER DATA BREACHES  Each is using its lobbying might to persuade Congress that the other side is responsible for protecting personal information of consumers.   CONSUMER DATA-BANKERS VS RETAILERS

3. WHY THE MARKETS ARE JITTERY AS COMPANIES REPORT EARNINGS  Last year's big gains have left share prices so high that investors are hammering stocks that report evenly slightly bad news.   EARNINGS-JITTERY MARKETS

4. PERSONAL NOTES OF JOHN PAUL II TO BE PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY  Pope wanted them burned after his death, but his trusted confidant says he "did not have the courage to" destroy them.   POLAND-POPE'S BOOK

5. HOW AFGHAN MEDIA ARE COVERING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION   Much the way journalists do in any modern democracy. This week hundreds of newspapers and radio and TV stations will cover the first televised debate. AFGHAN-MEDIA

6. FEDERAL JUDGE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS ON VIRGINIA'S GAY MARRIAGE BAN  New attorney general, a Democrat, won't defend the state's 2006 constitutional amendment, which has angered many Republican lawmakers.   GAY MARRIAGE-VIRGINIA

7. WHO IS PUSHING FOR MORE FUNDING FOR PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS  Republican governors, who often seek less government spending, are pumping more money into education for 3- and 4-year-olds.   PRESCHOOL PUSH

8. WHAT'S IN THE MASSIVE FARM BILL  Senate expected to vote on legislation that features slight cuts to food stamps, provides financial cushion for farmers and subsidizes services for rural communities.   FARM BILL

9. MINNOW TO BE TAKEN OFF ENDANGERED LIST  Twenty-one years after it was safeguarded, Oregon chub will become first fish removed from U.S. Endangered Species Act protection.   THREATENED FISH-RECOVERY

10. THE JOYS OF WINTER: MIDWEST, EAST COAST TO GET HIT AGAIN  Kansas and Missouri will be the first to see heavy snow. Then it's on to Philadelphia, Boston, New York — possibly in time for Wednesday's morning commute. WINTER WEATHER

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