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February 12, 2014

AP Top 10 | 77 killed, 1 survives Algerian military plane crash

1. HOUSE VOTES TO RAISE DEBT CEILING

The measure passes easily as Republicans make clear they've got no taste for another high-stakes fight with Obama over the issue.

2. WHY LATEST ATTEMPT TO FIX MISSILE SECURITY LAPSES JUST MIGHT WORK

The new effort is more far-reaching, on a tighter timetable and has Defense Secretary Hagel's backing.

3. SINGLE SOLDIER SURVIVES CRASH OF MILITARY TRANSPORT PLANE

Seventy-seven die, but one soldier escapes with his life after the aircraft slams into a mountain in eastern Algeria.

4. SHAUN WHITE SHUT OUT IN SIGNATURE EVENT

The world's best-known snowboarder finishes fourth — and off the podium — in the Olympic halfpipe competition.

5. WHAT INVESTORS THOUGHT OF YELLEN'S TESTIMONY

The Dow soars nearly 200 points after the Fed chair appears before a congressional panel.

6. MOVIE FANS MOURN ULTIMATE CHILD STAR

Other pre-teens have achieved fame in Hollywood. But none helped shape their time like Shirley Temple.

7. ASSAD'S STALLING TACTICS

The AP's Zeina Karam says the Syrian regime's strategy is to negotiate, play for time and hold the West at bay while government troops wear down the rebels.

8. WASHINGTON'S GOVERNOR SUSPENDS DEATH PENALTY

Nine men are currently on death row in the state, which hasn't executed an inmate in more than three years.

9. HOW A BACHELOR'S DEGREE PAYS OFF

Young adults who are college graduates typically earn 38 percent more than those with just a high-school diploma.

10. TOM BROKAW HAS CANCER

The veteran newsman was diagnosed in August with multiple myeloma, NBC News says. Doctors are optimistic about his prospects.

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