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February 18, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today


Associated Press

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

The president announced his return on Twitter when he arrived early today after over two months of hospital treatment in Cuba.  

A month after her boyfriend killed himself, 37-year-old Mindy McCready was found dead in her Arkansas home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The administration says it will only send its plan to Congress if lawmakers can’t reach a bipartisan solution.

No one has claimed responsibility for abducting the seven, but the region has been under attack by a radical Islamic sect known as Boko Haram.  

Critics called the Defense Secretary nominee a “radical” but said an up-or-down vote should happen this week.

The double-amputee cancels all races to concentrate on defending himself against murder charges.

AP Politics Editor Liz Sidoti says Americans are obsessed with trivial moments in politics, overshadowing important problems like the economy and gun control.

The bourbon distiller says public outcry has led it to reverse a decision to cut the alcohol level in its famous whiskey.

Researchers say switching from violent shows to educational TV made a difference for more than 500 families.

Her victory in the Daytona 500 pole was the first time a woman secured the top spot for any race in NASCAR’s premier circuit.