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10 things to know for today, Feb. 4

By The Associated Press

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

1. PLANE CRASH KILLS AT LEAST 19 IN TAIWAN

A TransAsia flight turned on its side midair and then careened into a river after takeoff from a Taipei airport, the latest plane disaster to beset Asia.

2. TRAIN STRIKES SUV ON TRACKS NORTH OF NYC, KILLING 7

Just before the crash, the railroad gates came down on top of the stopped Jeep, which then tried to pull forward, authorities say.

3. JORDANIAN RETRIBUTION IS SWIFT AFTER PILOT’S DEATH

Executions of two al-Qaida prisoners came hours after a gruesome video was released by the Islamic State group purportedly showing militants burning the captive Jordanian alive.

4. PENTAGON NOMINEE TO DECRY WASTEFUL SPENDING

In his prepared remarks for the Senate confirmation hearings, Ashton Carter will criticize both automatic cuts to the defense budget and expenditure waste.

5. WHAT THE CRACKDOWN ON GANGS IS CAUSING IN COLOMBIA

A military offensive against militias means there are fewer murders and kidnappings in the Latin American country. But it has given way to a rise in extortions and shakedowns.

6. BIGGEST CHANGE IN TV? HUGE RISE IN SUPPLY OF SHOWS

Cable, broadcast and streaming services offered 352 original scripted series last year, a 1,353% rise over 1999.

7. EMPLOYERS WALK THIN LINE ON MEASLES

An outbreak of the disease leaves bosses facing a quandary about what to do in case they suspect an employee isn’t vaccinated.

8. HOW FUR TRAPPERS ARE CAUGHT IN GLOBAL ECONOMY WOES

Low demand from buyers in China and Russia, whose economies have slowed down, means catching fur-bearing animals isn’t as lucrative anymore.

9. SUGE KNIGHT PLEADS NOT GUILTY

After entering the plea in his murder case, the former rap music mogul is rushed to a hospital, complaining of chest pain.

10. WHY DOW SURGED 305 POINTS

Investors are seeing signs that the long-running collapse in oil prices could be ending.

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Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday

News

Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases

Local

‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack

Business

Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store

Local

Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem

Education

West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant

Cleveland

Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily

High School

High school softball: Nixon, Walton top all-county team

Education

All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium scheduled June 18

Education

Shoutouts: Southern City Church awards educational gifts

Local

City to pave streets surrounding Bell Tower Green after park is constructed

Nation/World

Colonial Pipeline restarts operations days after major hack

Nation/World

Ohio’s million-dollar idea: Lottery prizes for vaccinations

Nation/World

GOP dumps defiant Trump critic Cheney from top House post

Nation/World

Israel steps up Gaza offensive, kills senior Hamas figures

Coronavirus

Fluctuating COVID-19 death number back to 302 in Rowan County

Crime

Habitual felon sentenced to at least 8 years in prison

Kannapolis

City of Kannapolis to have bike rodeo Saturday

Crime

Two more charged for operating illegal gambling businesses

Education

A.L. Brown celebrates seniors with signing day

Business

Rebounding, but not recovered: Rowan County tourism begins challenging path toward normalcy