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10 for today: Wednesday, Dec. 18

10 for today: Wednesday, Dec. 18

BLAST OFF: The Orbital Science Corporation Antares rocket is raised into position at launch Pad-0A, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, Dec. 19. Weather permitting, it may be widely visible along the east coast of the United States. Photo: Associated Press/NASA, Bill Ingalls

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

1. WHO WON THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT

Lucky ticket holders in San Jose, Calif. and Georgia will share the $636 million jackpot.

2. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION

The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals.

3. WILL THE FED END ECONOMIC STIMULUS

Not yet, say most analysts, as chairman Ben Bernanke wraps up his final Reserve policy meeting today.

4. COMPROMISE BUDGET SET TO PASS SENATE

President Obama could sign the bill today after a rare display of bipartisanship wraps up the spending package.

5. WHY ASTRONAUTS COULD BE WORKING CHRISTMAS DAY

NASA has ordered a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station.

6. UN FEARS 500 KILLED IN SOUTH SUDAN

The fighting is believed to be “largely along ethnic lines”; The United States orders citizens to leave immediately.

7. WHAT TRIGGERED A DIPLOMATIC ROW BETWEEN INDIA AND THE US

An Indian diplomat was strip-searched after her arrest for filing false visa information on her New York housekeeper.

8. MORE TYPHOON AID FOR PHILIPPINES

Secretary of State John Kerry pledges an additional $25 million of relief while touring the devastated city of Tacloban.

9. HOW A BLIND MAN SURVIVED BEING HIT BY A SUBWAY TRAIN

The New York City man says his guide dog barked and tried to keep him from falling while witnesses called for help.

10. FACEBOOK BLAMED FOR PIER PLUNGE

A tourist glued to her Facebook feed was rescued after falling off a jetty in Australia.

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Ex-Pirates Coach Gets 2-Month Sentence

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A former assistant coach for the Portland Pirates minor league hockey team has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of sexual misconduct with a 13-year-old girl.

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Maine Group Gives Grades On Conservation Issues

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A conservation group in Maine is handing out grades to lawmakers for their votes in the Legislature.

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Judge Rejects Plea Deal In Orono Sex Crime Case

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A judge in Bangor, Maine, is rejecting a plea deal from an Orono man who faces more than 100 charges of sex crimes against children.

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UMaine-Machias President To Resign In December

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University of Maine officials say the president of the system's Machias campus will resign at the end of December.

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Maine’s Cutler Proposes Election Reforms For State

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Independent Maine governor candidate Eliot Cutler is proposing election reforms on the heels of a court decision designed to level the campaign finance playing field.