10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Posted: Feb 18, 2015 8:59 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. HOW OBAMA VIEWS TERROR FIGHT

He says the U.S. is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion.

2. UKRAINE REBELS CAPTURE STRATEGIC RAIL JUNCTION

The town of Debaltseve provides the rebels transportation connections that boost their regions' capacity to function as a unified entity.

3. US WITHHOLDING DETAILS OF IRAN NUKE TALKS FROM ISRAEL

The admission by the Obama administration reflects increasingly strained ties between Washington and Jerusalem.

4. WHO'S PLEADING FOR WEAPONS

Libya asks the U.N. Security Council to lift an arms embargo so it can fight the Islamic State group as it moves closer to Europe.

5. POPE FRANCIS MARKS BEGINNING OF LENT

"We are limited creatures, sinners always in need of penitence and conversion," the pontiff says as Catholics and other Christians prepare spiritually for Easter.

6. WHY SOME SAY THEY'LL BOYCOTT ACADEMY AWARDS

A year after a richly diverse Oscar crop, all 20 acting nominees in Sunday's show are white.

7. BOSTONIANS FROLIC IN EPIC SNOW

But the mayor warns against some of the shenanigans — such as jumping out windows into snow piled higher than 10 feet in some spots.

8. NBC'S 'NIGHTLY NEWS' KEEPS RATINGS LEAD

With Lester Holt filling in for the suspended Brian Williams, the show averaged 9.43 million viewers last week, again besting ABC and CBS.

9. DR. SEUSS IS IN THE NEWS

A recently discovered manuscript by the late author with illustrations called "What Pet Should I Get" will be published this summer.

10. HOSTILE SOCCER FANS CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Authorities are investigating after Chelsea fans singing a racist song prevented a black man from boarding a subway in Paris.