published Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

10 things to know for today

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    In this Jan. 27, 2012, file photo, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno speaks at the Pentagon. Only a small fraction of Army women say they'd like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do, say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service's nearly 170,000 women.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

  1. OBAMA ISSUES WARNING TO KARZAI

The president threatens to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan if Kabul doesn't sign a security pact giving the military a legal basis for staying in the country.

  1. FEARED RIOT POLICE UNIT DISBANDED IN UKRAINE

The Berkut, whose name means "golden eagle," are blamed for violent attacks on protesters during the country's recent political turmoil.

  1. FEW WOMEN WANT ARMY COMBAT JOBS

A Pentagon survey shows that soldiers of both genders are nervous about females entering battle.

  1. HOW 'EL CHAPO' ELUDED CAPTURE FOR 13 YEARS

The AP learns that Mexico's most powerful drug cartel leader employed the latest high-tech communications gadgetry and sophisticated counterespionage tools.

  1. GLIMMER OF HOPE IN CHILD OBESITY BATTLE

U.S. researchers find that obesity among children ages 2 to 5 has decreased -- to 8 percent, from 14 percent a decade ago, a 43 percent drop.

  1. WHO'S BEING DOGGED BY MISSTEPS

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio may have worsened his series of blunders by stonewalling the media at every turn.

  1. AN EVEN SMARTER PHONE

The AP's Anick Jesdanum reports that Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 will have a fingerprint sensor for security -- and for shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal.

  1. WHAT'S RAISING AVALANCHE FEARS

New snow in the West threatens to increase this winter's death toll. Already, 17 people have died in avalanches in the U.S., 11 of them since early February.

  1. KERRY KENNEDY SET TO TESTIFY

The daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy is on trial for alleged drugged-driving after swerving her Lexus into a tractor-trailer.

  1. CALIFORNIA COUPLE FIND 'POT OF GOLD'

The husband and wife discover $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins dating from 1847 to 1894 buried in the shadow of an old tree in their backyard.

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