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Security personnel watch a practice run of a fountain show to music from "Swan Lake" on the perimeter of the Olympic cauldron in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, photo, job seekers line up to meet prospective employers during a career fair at a hotel in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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David Bransfield, a state outreach coordinator for Young Invincibles, a group which supports President Barack Obama's health care law, talks with student Philippe Komongnan, 27, who is in the process of signing up for health care, at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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In this picture taken Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 guests of the Ball de Pharmacy toast with their glasses of sparkling wine at the Hofburg palace in Vienna, Austria. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)
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In this Feb. 4, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Buck Lodge Middle School in Adelphi, Md. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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Denise Miller poses on her front porch Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, in Southington, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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An ice covered utility line blocks the path of a firetruck after a winter storm Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2013 file photo, the remains of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton are taken to her final resting place at the Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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An undated photo released by Town of Beloit Police Department is of Kayden Powell. The FBI and state law enforcement agencies are helping local authorities in a search for the 5-day-old baby in Rock County, Wis. (AP Photo/Town of Beloit Police Department)

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

1. PUTIN HOPING TO TELL WORLD THAT RUSSIA IS BACK

If ceremony opening Sochi Olympics doesn't reshape country's global image, it should at least be a good show.

2. WHY THIS MONTH'S EMPLOYMENT REPORT IS EAGERLY AWAITED

Economists hope January jobs number will tell them whether U.S. economy is really slowing – or continuing to strengthen.

3. WHO IS MOST CRUCIAL TO SUCCESS OF NEW HEALTH LAW

Young people are needed to offset higher costs of insuring older folks, and army of workers and volunteers is trying to enroll them.

4. AUSTRIANS FOAMING OVER NEW TAX ON CHAMPAGNE

It's less than 1 euro a bottle, and other goods face new fees too, but the one on bubbly bothers people the most.

5. IMPROVEMENTS IN U.S. ECONOMY OFFER WASHINGTON AN OPPORTUNITY

In an AP News Analysis, Tom Raum says how policymakers respond could lead to more cooperation – but don't count on it.

6. NEW GUIDELINES AIM AT PREVENTING STROKES IN WOMEN

Advice from the American Heart Association focuses on pregnancy and other risk factors that women face more than men.

7. AP SCIENCE WRITER HAS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON WEATHER EXTREMES

Seth Borenstein says a plunge in the jet stream is bringing polar air south and east and leaving warm, dry weather to the west.

8. HOMICIDES FALL SHARPLY IN CHICAGO BUT STILL LEAD THE NATION

City officials say new police tactics, more after-school jobs and mentoring programs for young people are paying off.

9. CHANCE OF OVERHAULING IMMIGRATION LAWS UNRAVELS

House Speaker Boehner says it will be difficult for Republicans to pass bill in an election year because of their distrust of Obama. CONGRESS-IMMIGRATION

10. NO SUSPECTS OR ARRESTS IN WIS. BABY DISAPPEARANCE

Federal investigators have joined the search for a 5-day-old infant who disappeared from a bassinette at a home in southern Wisconsin.

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