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November 14, 2012

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. WHAT OBAMA HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE PETRAEUS SCANDAL

The president will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m., but it's not clear if he'll address whether national security had been threatened.

2. THE WOMAN IN THE EYE OF THE STORM

Florida socialite Jill Kelley wonders in a 911 call if her "honorary consul general" title affords her "diplomatic protection" from the media.

3. WHOM OBAMA IS LOBBYING TO AVOID THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'

He is turning to business and labor groups to support his plan, which includes requiring the wealthy to pay more in taxes.

4. ACCUSER OF ELMO PUPPETEER RECANTS

As he now says their relationship was adult and consensual, the question is: Why did he initially allege there was teen sex?

5. HOW SYRIAN OPPOSITION HOPES TO STAY IN THE GAME

The selection of a moderate cleric as the group's leader is an attempt to counter the growing influence of Islamic extremists in the rebellion against Assad.

6. A FLIGHT TO AN FAA SAFETY CONFERENCE ENDS TRAGICALLY

All three pilots aboard a single-engine plane are killed when it crashes into a Jackson, Miss., house.

7. STRIKES BREAK OUT ACROSS EUROPE

Workers are uniting to protest raging unemployment and factories shutting down.

8. HU STEPS DOWN AS CHINA'S LEADER

Vice President Xi Jinping will be presented as the Communist Party head when the new leadership is announced Thursday.

9. WHERE A VISIT TO THE DOCTOR COSTS $5

Patients line up outside Russell Dohner's Rushville, Ill., practice where the 87-year-old physician won't take insurance, just a five-spot.

10. MARLINS' TRADE MEANS THREE STARS FOR BLUE JAYS

Florida decided last year's spending spree didn't work so Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson are all going to Toronto.

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  • Taylorville couple wins $20M lotto jackpot

    A Taylorville couple has celebrated winning a more than $20 million Illinois Lottery drawing.

    Steve and Wilma Durbin were presented with their winning check Thursday afternoon at a grocery store in the central Illinois city where they purchased the ticket. The couple took a lump sum payment of $8.1 million after taxes.

    The Taylorville Breeze-Courier reports the Durbins hit the jackpot in the April 10 Illinois Lotto drawing. That was just two weeks after they were married.

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  • Branstad signs school radon bill into law

    The Iowa Department of Education must gather information from schools about whether they are testing for radon gas under a bill Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law.

    Branstad signed the bill Thursday to require school districts to tell the department about radon testing by the end of this year. The department must then report to the Legislature by January.

    April 17, 2014

  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 17, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

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  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum

    As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.

    Those are the marching orders Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving a dozen civic leaders as the city searches for a potential location for an interactive museum to house filmmaker George Lucas' collection of art and filmmaking memorabilia.

    April 17, 2014

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