2/19/2014 6:15 PM
10 Things to Know for Thursday
By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. FACEBOOK REALLY LIKES WHATSAPP
The world's biggest social networking company is buying the mobile messaging service for up to $19 billion in cash and stock.
2. TRUCE IN UKRAINE
President Yanukovych meets with opposition leaders, and the two sides agree to halt the violence and hold talks.
3. DRAMATIC DAY IN SOCHI
Russia's hockey team — and 15-year-old figure skater — both fall; Ted Ligety becomes the first American man with two Alpine skiing gold medals; and Pussy Riot members are publicly horsewhipped by auxiliary police.
4. ON SECOND THOUGHT, DON'T FOLLOW THAT CAR
The Homeland Security Department abruptly drops plans to ask a private company for access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information.
5. SETBACK FOR KEYSTONE PIPELINE
A judge strikes down the governor's approval of a route through Nebraska for the pipe that would carry crude from Canada to Texas.
6. WHO SAYS US DISCUSSED PRISONER SWAP
A senior Taliban official says indirect talks with Washington in recent months focused on exchanging Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo for a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan.
7. ISRAEL SENDING UNWANTED AFRICAN MIGRANTS TO UGANDA
The resettlement program offers a one-way ticket and a stipend — but no guarantee of safety from conflict or persecution.
8. WHY SOME WOMEN MAY BE IN LABOR LONGER
New guidelines say doctors should give otherwise healthy women more time to deliver vaginally before assuming labor has stalled, the latest recommendation in efforts to prevent unnecessary C-sections.
9. WEATHER WARMUP HAS A DOWN SIDE
Weeks of subfreezing temperatures are giving way to 40s and 50s, putting many Midwestern and Northeastern cities on guard for flooding.
10. WHERE PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN WANTED HIS SON RAISED
The late actor's will requests that the boy be raised in New York, Chicago or San Francisco so he'll be exposed to "culture, arts and architecture."
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