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November 15, 2012

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. AIRSTRIKE ONSLAUGHT ON GAZA STRIP

Israel's most intense offensive on the Gaza Strip in four years sets off new rounds of fighting, with an early rocket attack killing three Israelis.

2. A NEW LEADER FOR CHINA IN A COUNTRY THAT WANTS CHANGE

Xi Jinping secured the Communist Party's top spot to lead a nation clamoring for economic and political reform.

3. THE EMAIL THAT GAVE BIRTH TO A SCANDAL

The anonymous email in May warned the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to stay away from a Florida socialite, the first in a chain of messages that led to the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus.

4. THE AGENT WHO TRACKED THE GENERALS

FBI Special Agent Frederick Humphries II helped stop a Los Angeles airport terror plot more than a decade ago.

5. OBAMA SAYS THE NATION IS SECURE

The president sees no evidence that the messy drama that ended his CIA director's career has endangered the country's security.

6. HARD TIMES AGAIN FOR THE EUROZONE

For the first time in three years, the 17 countries that use the euro have fallen back into a recession.

7. WHY DRINKING CAN MAKE YOU FAT

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention says that alcohol packs almost as many empty calories as sugary soda.

8. OBAMA, BOEHNER SPAR OVER THE NATION'S WELL-TO-DO

Let taxes rise on the rich, the president urges. That would hurt the economy and stunt job growth, the GOP leader counters.

9. HOW A NEW DISCOVERY COULD AID THE FIGHT AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S

Study of a just-identified variant gene might reveal ways to prevent the mind-robbing disorder.

10. HOW TO KILL 180 MILLION RATS

A helicopter is to begin dropping nearly 22 tons of poison bait to clear out rodents that have overrun the Galapagos Islands.

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  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

    April 17, 2014

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

    April 17, 2014

  • Mankato.jpg Players protest rehiring of fired Minnesota coach

    The University of Minnesota-Mankato football team Wednesday boycotted the fired head coach who won his job back in an arbitrator's ruling last week, nearly two years after fighting accusations of child pornography and other misconduct.

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  • Court to weigh challenge to ban WASHINGTON (AP) -- As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a fact

    April 17, 2014

  • Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

    A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

    Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

    April 16, 2014

  • Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

    Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another.

    April 16, 2014

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

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