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10 for today: Wednesday, Feb. 19

10 for today: Wednesday, Feb. 19

LOOK OUT!: Pedestrians pass a sign warning them of falling ice near City Hall Tuesday, Feb. 18, in New York. Amid a brutal winter, New Yorkers are battling something far more dangerous than snow falling from the sky: ice tumbling from skyscrapers. Photo: Associated Press/Frank Franklin II

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

1. UKRAINE PRESIDENT BLAMES OPPOSITION LEADERS FOR ERUPTION OF VIOLENCE

Yanukovych says he has tried to compromise with protesters; government ministry says 25 killed, hundreds injured in clashes.

2. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STRUGGLING FOR NEW STRATEGY ON SYRIA

As peace talks falter and civil war drags on, U.S. is reconsidering old ideas, including more help for Western-backed rebels.

3. NUCLEAR POWER PLANT TO GET FEDERAL LOAN GUARANTEES

Energy Department to approve $6.5 billion for plant in Georgia. When finished around 2018, it will be first in the U.S. in more than 30 years.

4. HOW INCREASE IN MINIMUM WAGE WOULD AFFECT EMPLOYMENT

Rise to $10.10 an hour by 2016 would give 16.5 million people a raise but cost about 500,000 jobs, Congress’ nonpartisan analysts say.

5. SOCHI NOT ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

AP’s Oskar Garcia finds that with Paralympics less than three weeks away, Olympic Park and its venues not entirely barrier-free.

6. WHERE CULTURE OF “ANYTHING GOES” ON THE ROAD IS BEING REINED IN

Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, is installing stoplights, road signs for the first time in effort to end traffic lawlessness.

7. WHAT IS WORSE THAN SNOW FALLING FROM THE SKY

City dwellers dealing with icicles, chunks of frozen snow raining down from skyscrapers. Architects say energy-efficient new buildings may be the worst.

8. NEW PRESIDENT WANTS TO SAVE IRAN’S BIGGEST LAKE

The tourist attraction and rest stop for birds has shrunk 80 percent in a decade because of expanded irrigation and construction of dams.

9. READ OUR 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT POWERBALL JACKPOT

Here’s one: The odds of winning tonight’s $400 million drawing, which are 1-in-175 million, don’t change as the jackpot grows.

10. JIMMY FALLON’S DEBUT A RATINGS WINNER FOR NBC

“The Tonight Show” drew 11.3 million viewers Monday night, but fell short of the 14.6 million when Jay Leno signed off Feb. 6.

Recent Headlines

6 hours ago in Local

Public Not Allowed at Obama Speech — But Will Be Broadcast Live on WTAX

President Barack Obama signs the Civil Rights History Project Act of 2009 bill into law in the Oval Office of the White House. With President Obama are from left: Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL); Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY); Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA); Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO); Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).
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Where: DC, United States
When: 12 May 2009
Credit: WENN

A spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says the public will not be able to attend when President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Illinois House chamber on Wednesday.

6 hours ago in Local

State Museum Prepared to Re-Open — If Lawmakers Allow It

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The Illinois State Museum can open once again. But State Department of Natural Resources head Wayne Rosenthal says not yet.

6 hours ago in Local

Davis Proposes FAA, Air Traffic Control Operations Changes

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Davis and and a Democratic Congressman are proposing that that Air Traffic Control operations be run by a not-for-profit entity.

6 hours ago in Local

Report: Police Program Helped Man Who Prostituted Teen

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A newspaper report says a man who's serving 15 years in prison for running an underage prostitution operation did so out of an apartment obtained with the help of the Peoria Police Department.

7 hours ago in Local

Democrats Vying for US Senate Talk Up Experience, Background

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The Democrats running for U.S. Senate are working to distinguish themselves from their rivals as they meet for the first time this election season.