Good morning: 15+ things to know for Thursday

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

1. CONGRESS TO GET MEMOS ON TARGETING AMERICANS: Obama told the Justice Department to turn over classified documents describing the administration's rationale for drone strikes against U.S. citizens working with al-Qaida.

2. OBAMA PROMOTING HIS AGENDA WITH HOUSE DEMOCRATS: President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues as diverse as the economy, immigration and guns.

3. NORTHEAST BRACES FOR BIG BLIZZARD: The snow will start Friday morning and could dump up to 2 feet of snow in New England, which has seen mostly bare ground.

4. VILLAGES WIPED OUT FROM SOUTH PACIFIC TSUNAMI: At least nine bodies, including a child's, were found in the sodden wreckage on the Solomon Islands, and five villages were decimated.

5. YAWNS GREET PLAN TO END SATURDAY MAIL DELIVERY: "It's not like anyone writes letters anymore," says James Valentine, an antiques shop owner in Toledo, Ohio.

6. GEARING UP FOR FIGHT OVER BOY SCOUTS' GAY BAN: The organization delayed its decision whether to throw out its policy excluding gays until May.

7. AUTOPSY SCHEDULED FOR ALABAMA BUNKER SUSPECT: Authorities found no other explosives in the bunker where Jimmy Lee Dykes held a 5-year-old hostage.

8. HOW A MEXICAN WOMAN AVOIDED HARM IN ACAPULCO ATTACK: The masked men who raped six Spanish tourists in a beach house spared her because of her nationality.

9. SALE PRICE OF A BASEBALL CARD FOUND AT A YARD SALE: The 148-year-old card of the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club sold at a Maine auction for $92,000.

10. WHAT NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR'S SAID TO DOC WHO WARNED ABOUT HIS WEIGHT: "Shut up," Chris Christie told ex-White House physician Connie Mariano, who said she worried he would die in office.



1. GOV. SCOTT, FLORIDA CABINET TO MEET AT STATE FAIR: Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to hold a cabinet meeting on the opening day of the Florida State Fair in Tampa. Thursday morning's meeting is the second year in a row that Scott and the cabinet have met at the fair.

2. MARSHAL WOUNDED AT SHOOTING RANGE: Officials say a member of the U.S. Marshals Service was wounded when the officer's gun discharged during training at the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office shooting range. The sheriff's office reports that marshals were training at the St. Petersburg range Wednesday morning when one marshal suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper leg.

3. 2 ST. PETERSBURG COPS FLORIDA OFFICERS OF THE YEAR: Two St. Petersburg police officers are being honored as Florida's best. Attorney General Pam Bondi on Wednesday named Sgt. Karl Lounge and Officer Douglas Weaver as the state's 2012 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year. Lounge and Weaver were cited for their bravery in a shootout with a fugitive that resulted in the deaths of two other officers in January 2011.

4. FLORIDA SENATE PANEL APPROVES PUBLIC COMMENT BILL: The public would have a right to be heard at state and local government meetings under a bill that's cleared a Senate committee. It's similar to a bill that unanimously passed the Senate last year but never got a floor vote in the House.

5. TROOPER'S KILLER APPEALS TO FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: A drug trafficker convicted of killing a state trooper is asking the Florida Supreme Court to block his scheduled Feb. 26 execution. Lawyers for Paul Augustus Howell asked the justices for a stay of execution and filed a post-conviction appeal on Wednesday.


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