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10 for today: Friday, Feb. 21

10 for today: Friday, Feb. 21

FROM SUNNY TO SNOWY: A woman braves blowing and heavy wet snow near Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis as a winter storm hit parts of eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, Thursday, Feb. 20 in Minneapolis. Photo: Associated Press/Jim Mone

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

1. UKRAINE SAID TO HAVE DEAL TO END VIOLENCE

Presidency says agreement reached between police and protesters to stop battles in Kiev that have killed scores, injured hundreds.

2. WHY FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT IS FADING AS A POLITICAL ISSUE

Annual spending gap has fallen sharply, lawmakers are tired of budget battles, and public has shifted its focus to issues like health care.

3. LIFE OF YOUNG WOMAN IN YEMEN IS ENTANGLED WITH AL-QAIDA

Story of Abeer al-Hassani, her ex-husband and three brothers provides rare look at one branch of the terror network.

4. WHO OBAMA WILL HOST AT THE WHITE HOUSE

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama coming for a meeting. Visit could hurt already tense relations with China, which denounces him as a separatist.

5. NYPD CLEARED IN SURVEILLANCE OF NEW JERSEY MOSQUES

Federal judge dismisses civil rights lawsuit brought by eight Muslims who alleged New York police discriminated based on religion, national origin, race.

6. WOMAN IN CUSTODY AFTER FOUR KILLED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Eviction hearing at American Indian tribal headquarters turns deadly. Police say tribe’s leader among the victims.

7. NEW HONDA PLANT SHOULD MAKE MEXICO NO. 2 EXPORTER TO U.S.

Country expected to pass Japan, narrow gap with No. 1 Canada once 200,000 Fit hatchbacks a year are rolling off assembly line.

8. WHITE HOUSE POLITICAL OFFICE BACK IN ACTION AHEAD OF NOVEMBER ELECTIONS

Democrats have always complained Obama doesn’t do enough to help elect their candidates. This year, he has incentive: keep party’s fragile Senate majority.

9. WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS YEAR’S FLU SEASON

It wasn’t as bad as last year, and the vaccine worked better, but children and young adults – not the elderly – were hit hardest because of swine flu.

10. HOW TWO STATES MAY TRY TO DRIVE SMOKING RATES LOWER

Utah and Colorado, which already have low percentages of smokers, considering raising legal age to buy tobacco to 21.

Latest Headlines

4 hours ago in Local

Zoning changes would promote solar arrays in South Portland

GENERIC SOLAR PANELS LARGE

Planning officials in South Portland, Maine, have proposed changes to the city's zoning regulations to allow for more commercial and residential solar power installations.

6 hours ago in Local

Three Arrested In Robbery And Drug Incident

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South Portland police arresting three on drug charges Tuesday night.

7 hours ago in Local

New York Man Sentenced For Smuggling Opioids Into Maine

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A New York man has been sentenced to serve more than eight years in federal prison for smuggling opioids from his home state into southern Maine for distribution.

7 hours ago in Local

Gaston Pleads Not Guilty

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A 33-year-old man has denied allegations that he fatally shot his wife inside their Windham home in January while the couple's three children were upstairs in their rooms.

8 hours ago in Local

Maine Island Residents Allowed To Send Bloodwork By Ferry

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Maine residents will be able to use locked boxes on state ferries that allow for transportation of medical samples.

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