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10 things to know for Wednesday, Feb. 19: Obama administration struggling for new strategy on Syria

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Associated Press
February 19, 2014

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

1. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STRUGGLING FOR NEW STRATEGY ON SYRIA 

As peace talks falter and civil war drags on, U.S. is reconsidering old ideas, including more help for Western-backed rebels.

2. UKRAINE PRESIDENT BLAMES OPPOSITION LEADERS FOR ERUPTION OF VIOLENCE 

Yanukovych says he has tried to compromise with protest leaders; EU calls emergency meeting as death toll rises to 25.

3. NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO GET FEDERAL LOAN GUARANTEES 

Energy Department to approve $6.5 billion for plant in Georgia. When finished around 2018, it will be first in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

4. HOW INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE WOULD AFFECT EMPLOYMENT 

Rise to $10.10 an hour by 2016 would give 16.5 million people a raise but cost about 500,000 jobs, Congress’ nonpartisan analysts say.

5. SOCHI NOT ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES 

AP’s Oskar Garcia finds that with Paralympics less than three weeks away, Olympic Park and its venues not entirely barrier-free.

6. WHERE CULTURE OF “ANYTHING GOES” ON THE ROAD IS BEING REINED IN 

Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is installing stoplights, road signs for the first time in effort to end traffic lawlessness.

7. WHAT IS WORSE  THAN SNOW FALLING FROM THE SKY 

City dwellers dealing with icicles, chunks of frozen snow raining down from skyscrapers. Architects say energy-efficient new buildings may be the worst.

8. NEW PRESIDENT WANTS TO SAVE IRAN’S BIGGEST LAKE 

The tourist attraction and rest stop for birds has shrunk 80 percent in a decade because of expanded irrigation and construction of dams.

9. READ OUR 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT POWERBALL JACKPOT 

Here’s one: The odds of winning tonight’s $400 million drawing, which are 1-in-175 million, don’t change as the jackpot grows.

10. JIMMY FALLON’S DEBUT A RATINGS WINNER FOR NBC  

“The Tonight Show” drew 11.3 million viewers Monday night, but fell short of the 14.6 million when Jay Leno signed off Feb. 6.



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