10 Things to Know for Today

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Posted: May 18, 2015 6:01 AM
10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. ISLAMIC MILITANTS KILL HUNDREDS AS THEY TAKE IRAQ'S RAMADI

Shiite militias vow to mount a counter-offensive and reclaim the Anbar provincial capital.

2. PUSH TO WRITE NEW WAR POWERS FOR OBAMA STALLS IN CONGRESS

Lawmakers say they don't want to give up their check on a commander-in-chief's authority to use military might, but have little interest in having the first war vote in Congress in 13 years.

3. TEXAS TOWN ON GUARD AFTER BIKER GANG SHOOTOUT LEAVES 9 DEAD

Waco police authorities increase security to quell other possible attempts at criminal activity following the melee.

4. AMTRAK TO RESTORE FULL NORTHEAST CORRIDOR SERVICE

Officials are vowing to have safer trains and tracks while investigators are trying to determine the cause of the derailment.

5. WHOSE INNER CIRCLE HAS OUTSIDE ADVISERS

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio "likes to tap into the world beyond City Hall — some of the people have titles, some are consultants, and some are everyday people."

6. KERRY SLAMS NORTH KOREA

The U.S. secretary of state accuses Pyongyang of atrocities while reassuring South Korea of America's "ironclad" security commitments.

7. WHY FRUSTRATION WITH LATIN AMERICA'S LEFT ON THE RISE

Triggering the growing disenchantment are some serious economic headwinds.

8. WHAT OFFERS RESPITE FROM GAZA'S HARDSHIPS

Residents of the isolated territory find relief in the steamy confines of Hamam al-Sumara, a centuries-old bathhouse.

9. STEM CELL 'WILD WEST' TAKES ROOT AMID LACK OF REGULATION

The number of U.S. clinics treating patients with experimental techniques surges from a handful in 2010 to more than 170 today.

10. 'MAD MEN' COMES TO AN END

The drama concludes with a resolution that rings true to its spirit and likely leaves its devotees satisfied.