10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Posted: Feb 11, 2015 11:05 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. OBAMA ASKS CONGRESS FOR NEW WAR POWERS

In seeking approval to attack the Islamic State group, he also vows not to repeat the large and costly ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2. MOTIVE SOUGHT IN DEADLY CONFRONTATION

Authorities are investigating whether hate or a parking dispute led to the fatal shootings of three Muslims near the University of North Carolina.

3. VETERAN '60 MINUTES' CORRESPONDENT BOB SIMON DIES

The reporter, whose career spanned five decades, was killed in a car accident in New York City. He was 73.

4. ITALIAN CRUISE SHIP CAPTAIN GETS 16 YEARS, 1 MONTH IN PRISON

Prosecutors had sought a significantly longer term for Francesco Schettino, who abandoned the Costa Concordia after it wrecked, killing 32.

5. WIDOW OF 'AMERICAN SNIPER' TESTIFIES AT MURDER TRIAL

As her husband left for the shooting range where he was killed, "we just said we loved each other and gave each other a hug and kiss," Taya Kyle tells jurors.

6. MYSTERY SHROUDS OFFICIAL'S OUSTER

The No. 2 staffer at the Secret Service has been removed and given a new federal post — but no one will say what it is.

7. WHICH DEVICES PROMISE TO REVOLUTIONIZE STROKE CARE

Patients treated with new brain stents were far more likely to be alive and able to live independently three months after a stroke, researchers say.

8. CHICAGO'S LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM STRIPPED OF NATIONAL TITLE

The punishment follows an investigation that revealed the team falsified boundaries to field ineligible players.

9. HOW 'SNL' WILL CELEBRATE 40TH BIRTHDAY

A three-hour anniversary special airs Sunday — and all sorts of people associated with the show through the years have been invited.

10. JERRY TARKANIAN DIES AT 84

The Hall of Fame coach won a national title at UNLV and made the school synonymous with basketball.