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December 19, 2013

AP Top 10: Final getaway for 'Great Train Robber,' 84

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

1. ADVISORY PANEL URGES LIMITS ON NSA SPYING

Obama is under no obligation to accept the recommendations, which include requiring a court to sign off on individual searches of phone records.

2. CONGRESS FORGES PACT ON GUANTANAMO

A key senator estimates that up to half of the 160 terror detainees could be sent home under the agreement — a victory for Obama.

3. WHY FED ISN'T ABANDONING STIMULUS

The U.S. economy remains below full health, and borrowing rates need to be kept low to help spur growth, Bernanke says.

4. NEXT STOP FOR THE BUDGET DEAL: OBAMA'S DESK

The president's signature is assured after rare bipartisanship pushed the legislation through the House and Senate.

5. EGYPT'S MORSI FACES NEW CHARGES

Prosecutors accuse the ousted president and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders of a sweeping terror conspiracy.

6. WHO JUST GOT MANY MILLIONS RICHER

Ira Curry of Stone Mountain, Ga., lays claim to half of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot.

7. DISCOUNTS HOLDING DOWN STORES' PROFITS

Retailers' sales show just marginal growth as cost-conscious consumers shop for the best deals this holiday season.

8. WHAT NEW GUIDELINES MEAN FOR PEOPLE WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Many older adults may not need to take as many pills for the condition, an expert panel concludes.

9. 'GREAT TRAIN ROBBER' DIES AT 84

Ronnie Biggs was part of a gang that robbed a Glasgow-to-London Royal Mail train in 1963 — netting banknotes worth 2.6 million pounds, or more than $50 million today.

10. TRUCKS? CHECK. SNOW MELTERS? CHECK. TONS OF SALT? CHECK.

Organizers say they've got all they need to make sure that snow or ice won't hinder the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl on Feb. 2.

 

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