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10 Things to Know for Wednesday, Feb 5

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

1. MOST UNINSURED AMERICANS LIVE IN SMALL NUMBER OF COUNTIES

New research for the AP shows that half who haven't signed up for health care live in just 116 of the nation's 3,143 counties.

2. WHERE MICROSOFT FOUND ITS NEW LEADER

The software maker chose Satya Nadella from within its ranks, which some say suggests an aging company reluctant to take bold risks.

3. BILL NYE DEFENDS EVOLUTION IN KENTUCKY DEBATE

TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye and the leader of a Kentucky museum who believes in creationism debated a question Tuesday that has nagged humankind: "How did we get here?

4. STATES PROPOSING LAWS THAT WOULD CURB SURVEILLANCE

Angry over NSA revelations, at least 14 states are considering bills that would curtail power of law enforcement to monitor and track people.

5. UTAH DISTRICT HEARS WHY SCHOOL LUNCHES WERE TAKEN

Up to 40 students with overdue food accounts had their school lunches taken away last week because of breakdowns in communication over a new payment system, according to a preliminary report presented to the Salt Lake City School District board Tuesday night.

6. OUR WINTER OF DISCONTENT, STATE BY STATE

AP gives you a guide to areas from the Midwest to the Northeast that are suffering through extreme cold, heavy snow and freezing rain and sleet.

7. 'OBAMACARE' MAY CAUSE LOSS OF 2.3 MILLION JOBS BY 2021

Congressional analysts say many people are expected to stop working because the health care law gives them access to insurance outside a job.

8. NUMBER OF KIDS KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS DROPS 43 PERCENT OVER A DECADE

Experts credit the increased use of car seats and booster seats; a third of those 12 and under who died in 2011 weren't buckled up.

9. WOMAN TO BE EXECUTED IN TEXAS IF FINAL APPEALS FAIL

Suzanne Basso, 59, would be the 14th woman nationally and fifth in Texas to die since the Supreme Court allowed capital punishment to resume.

10. SEA SURVIVOR'S KIN REJOICES IN 'MIRACLE'

The family of a Salvadoran fisherman who says he survived more than a year at sea in an open boat had thought he was dead after losing touch with him eight years ago.

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