10 Things to Know for Wednesday December 18, 2013

10 Things to Know for Wednesday December 18, 2013

6:39am Dec 18, 2013
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

1. WHO WON THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT Lucky ticket holders in San Jose, Calif. and Georgia will share the $638m jackpot.  MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT

2. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION  The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals.  UNITED STATES-OLYMPICS

3. WILL THE FED END ECONOMIC STIMULUS  Not yet, say most analysts, as chairman Ben Bernanke wraps up his final Reserve policy meeting today. FEDERAL RESERVE

4. COMPROMISE BUDGET SET TO PASS SENATE  President Obama could sign the bill today after a rare display of bipartisanship wraps up the spending package.   BUDGET BATTLE

5. WHY ASTRONAUTS COULD BE WORKING CHRISTMAS DAY  NASA has ordered a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station.  SPACE STATION

6. UN FEARS 500 KILLED IN SOUTH SUDAN  The fighting is believed to be "largely along ethnic lines"; The United States orders citizens to leave immediately.   SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE

7. WHAT TRIGGERED A DIPLOMATIC ROW BETWEEN INDIA AND THE US  An Indian diplomat was strip-searched after her arrest for filing false visa information on her New York housekeeper.  INDIA-US-DIPLOMAT ARREST

8. MORE TYPHOON AID FOR PHILIPPINES  Secretary of State John Kerry pledges an additional $25 million of relief while touring the devastated city of Tacloban.  UNITED STATES-PHILIPPINES

9. HOW A BLIND MAN SURVIVED BEING HIT BY A SUBWAY TRAIN  The New York City man says his guide dog barked and tried to keep him from falling while witnesses called for help.  BLIND MAN-SUBWAY FALL

10. FACEBOOK BLAMED FOR PIER PLUNGE  A tourist glued to her Facebook feed was rescued after falling off a jetty in Australia.  AUSTRALIA-FACEBOOK FALL

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