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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. SHELLING MOVES CLOSER TO UKRAINIAN PORT

Russian-backed rebels press their offensive in the strategically key city of Mariupol just hours ahead of talks in Belarus that are widely hoped to bring a cease-fire.

2. ALLIANCE TURNS ATTENTION TO UKRAINE CRISIS

NATO outlines plans for stationing a rapid response force in Eastern Europe to serve as a deterrent to Moscow and ease Russia’s neighbors’ fears.

3. WHERE U.S. MISSIONARY WILL BE TREATED FOR EBOLA

Dr. Rick Sacra had been receiving care in Liberia. But the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is home to a special isolation unit that’s believed to be the largest in the U.S.

4. TRAILBLAZING COMIC DIES AT 81

Fashion and acting were Joan Rivers’ early dreams — but it was comedy that paid the bills and ultimately made her a star.

5. FEDS LAUNCH PROBE OF POLICE IN FERGUSON

The Missouri department — under scrutiny since the shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white officer — says it welcomes the U.S. attorney general’s investigation.

6. EX-VIRGINIA GOVERNOR, WIFE CONVICTED IN CORRUPTION CASE

Jurors decide that Bob and Maureen McDonnell performed favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

7. SUPREME COURT ASKED FOR FINAL WORD ON GAY MARRIAGE

Thirty-two states exhort the U.S. high court to settle the issue once and for all.

8. WHAT’S NOT SO POPULAR

Jeans, as more people are sporting yoga pants and leggings instead of the iconic blues.

9. HE’S GOT FRIENDS

Country star Garth Brooks returns to full-time touring with a performance before enthusiastic fans in suburban Chicago.

10. WHO OPENED NFL SEASON WITH A WIN

Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Percy Harvin lead Seattle past Green Bay 36-16 as the Seahawks begin their Super Bowl title defense with a victory.

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