10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Posted: Feb 04, 2015 10:34 PM
10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. CALLS FOR WIDER MILITARY MISSION FOLLOW SLAYING OF JORDANIAN PILOT

As one Kurdish leader puts it, the U.S.-led airstrikes are helpful, but to finish the Islamic State group "you need to finish it on the ground."

2. FCC BACKS REGULATING INTERNET LIKE PHONE SERVICE

The proposal is a victory for "net neutrality," the idea that Internet providers should allow data to move across networks without interference.

3. NBC'S BRIAN WILLIAMS ADMITS TALL TALE

The TV anchor apologizes on the air for spreading the false story that he was on a helicopter that came under enemy fire in Iraq.

4. NYC JURY CONVICTS CREATOR OF UNDERGROUND 'SILK ROAD' WEBSITE

Prosecutors say the evidence was overwhelming that Ross Ulbricht was the digital kingpin of an illegal online drug-dealing empire.

5. INVESTIGATORS SCRUTINIZING DRIVER'S BAFFLING BEHAVIOR BEFORE FIERY CRASH

The woman stopped her SUV between the crossing gates on the railroad track north of New York City before a commuter train slammed into it, killing six people.

6. WHAT RISE IN SMOKING BY WOMEN HAS LED TO

Lung cancer has passed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in rich countries.

7. SPECULATION SWIRLS OVER HARPER LEE'S WISHES

Some in her Alabama hometown aren't sure the author, who is in an assisted living facility, was fully involved in the decision to publish a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird."

8. WHO'S GOBBLING UP CHIEF RIVAL

Staples, the nation's largest "big box" office supply chain, says it's buying Office Depot for about $6 billion.

9. BRUCE JENNER'S MOTHER OPENS UP ABOUT HIS GENDER JOURNEY

"I am at peace with what he is and what he's doing," Esther Jenner, 88, tells the AP.

10. WHICH FOOTBALL PROGRAMS FARED BEST ON SIGNING DAY

Southern Cal and Alabama's recruiting classes are ranked tops as prep players make their college choices official.