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10 things to know for Friday

By The Associated Press

This article was published February 14, 2014 at 7:28 a.m.

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

1. MISERABLE COMMUTE MAY BE IN STORE FOR THE EAST

Another wintry mix hit the mid-Atlantic and Northeast during the night, making travel treacherous once again.

2. AP ANALYSIS SHOWS STAGGERING NUMBER OF CANCELED FLIGHTS

Airlines have eliminated more than 74,000 since Dec. 1. That's 5.5 percent of all flights, and the most in more than 25 years.

3. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE BAN FOUND UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN VIRGINIA

Virginia becomes the first state in the South to have a voter-approved prohibition on same sex marriage overturned.

4. WHY MORE AMERICANS AREN'T GETTING WEIGHT-LOSS SURGERY

There's a social stigma attached to having surgery to lose weight, but biggest reason is few insurers will pay for the procedure.

5. WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT COMCAST-TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL

Predictably, perhaps, people took to the Internet Thursday to vent, citing high prices, missed appointments and fear of a monopoly.

6. ON VALENTINE'S DAY, IT'S BLIND BOVINE LOVE

Two blind, aging cows, both rescued from the slaughterhouse, find companionship at animal sanctuary in New York.

7. DUBAI EMERGING AS GLOBAL POWERHOUSE IN FASHION

City is building district dedicated to the industry, and officials hope to make it a base for designers on par with Paris and New York.

8. "SUPERSTAR OF THE STAMP WORLD" TO BE SOLD AGAIN

British Guiana One-Cent Magenta has broken the auction record three times. It should fetch more than $10 million when it's sold in June.

9. RESEARCH SAYS PARENTS SHOULD START TALKING TO BABIES EARLY

It's the key to building language and vocabulary skills. And forget "baby talk"; long, complex sentences are good.

10. RESEARCHERS CLOSING IN ON HOLY GRAIL OF READY-TO-EAT MEALS

It's a pizza that will last up to three years. Soldiers have asked for such a meal ready to eat since canned food in combat zones went away in 1981.

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