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10 for today: Wednesday, Feb. 5

10 for today: Wednesday, Feb. 5

OLD MAN WINTER: Sledders enjoy a snowy Central Park in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The National Weather Service said Monday's storm, which brought 8 inches of snow to New York City, will be followed by a new storm in the Midwest on Tuesday. Photo: Associated Press/Seth Wenig

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

1. MOST UNINSURED AMERICANS LIVE IN SMALL NUMBER OF COUNTIES

New research for the AP shows that half who haven’t signed up for health care live in just 116 of the nation’s 3,143 counties.

2. WHERE MICROSOFT FOUND ITS NEW LEADER

The software maker chose Satya Nadella from within its ranks, which some say suggests an aging company reluctant to take bold risks.

3. WHY JORDAN WORRIES ABOUT AN ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE DEAL

The desert kingdom is concerned Palestinians will give up land in an agreement, leading to another influx of refugees into the country.

4. STATES PROPOSING LAWS THAT WOULD CURB SURVEILLANCE

Angry over NSA revelations, at least 14 states are considering bills that would curtail power of law enforcement to monitor and track people.

5. POLLUTION IN NEW DELHI NOW RIVALS LEVELS IN BEIJING

It’s debatable which city is worse, but China’s capital is working to improve its air and India’s capital is not.

6. OUR WINTER OF DISCONTENT, STATE BY STATE

AP gives you a guide to areas from the Midwest to the Northeast that are suffering through extreme cold, heavy snow and freezing rain and sleet.

7. ‘OBAMACARE’ MAY CAUSE LOSS OF 2.3 MILLION JOBS BY 2021

Congressional analysts say many people are expected to stop working because the health care law gives them access to insurance outside a job.

8. NUMBER OF KIDS KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DROPS 43 PERCENT OVER A DECADE

Experts credit the increased use of car seats and booster seats; a third of those 12 and under who died in 2011 weren’t buckled up. T

9. WOMAN TO BE EXECUTED IN TEXAS IF FINAL APPEALS FAIL

Suzanne Basso, 59, would be the 14th woman nationally and fifth in Texas to die since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume.

10. SEA SURVIVOR’S KIN REJOICES IN ‘MIRACLE’

The family of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived more than a year at sea in an open boat had thought he was dead after losing touch with him eight years ago.

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Comptroller: What Can and Can’t Be Paid During Impasse?

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Whether state workers can or should be paid without a state budget seems to be a contentious point between the Attorney General and Comptroller.

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New President of Robert Morris University Illinois Has Springfield Connection

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RMU grad Mablene Krueger replaces Michael Violtt.

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City Council to Reconsider Eliminating Vacation Payout

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The Springfield City Council could finally be poised to consider nixing a plan that gives city employees a higher retirement benefit, at the expense of unused vacation pay.

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Professor Suing U of I Has New Job

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Steven Salaita will work for the American University of Beirut.

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Plenty of Room Left at Illinois Landfills

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Existing Illinois landfills have capacity to take trash for another 21 years.