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Shani Davis of the U.S. gestures in dejection after competing in the men's 1,000-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena Skating Center during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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FILE - This Feb. 11, 2011 file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company's vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, or $158.82 per share, in a deal that would combine the top two cable TV companies in the nation, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced formally. An announcement is set for Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 2014, the person said. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
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Traffic moving slowly through nearly whiteout conditions on Skibo Road as a winter storm hits Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT. NO SALES
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, as senators go to the chamber for a vote to extend the Treasury's borrowing authority. Setting the vote in motion was one of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell’s Republican colleagues, Cruz, the tea party darling who has caused heartburn for his GOP colleagues in his year in the Senate. Cruz insisted on a 60-vote threshold for the Senate to proceed to legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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This photo taken Nov. 29, 2013 shows a part of the HealthCare.gov website, photographed in Washington. Even though the government’s health care website may be fixed, a new poll finds that President Barack Obama’s insurance markets haven’t impressed most consumers. Although negative perceptions of the health care rollout have eased, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that two-thirds of Americans say things still aren’t going well. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
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FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, file photo, shows a barge anchored alongside the MV Cape Ray in Portsmouth, Va. The American ship MV Cape Ray is set to arrive Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, at the naval base of Rota on Spain’s southwestern coast used by the U.S. to resupply ahead of an unprecedented mission to collect and destroy mustard gas, raw materials for sarin nerve gas and tons of other highly toxic chemicals that form part of Syria’s chemical weapons program. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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Mikki Smith-Moore, owner of Cottage of Flowers, arranges a bouquet of roses for a Valentine's Day order Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 at her store in Odessa, Texas. Smith-Moore said that sometimes people pick pre-set arrangements but customers of established local florists "trust your work." (AP Photo/The Odessa American, Ryan Evon)
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In this Jan. 26, 2014 photo, Liz Rabines, from Spain, covers her face as police find cocaine in her luggage at the anti-narcotics police station before she tried to embark a plane for Spain from the Jorge Chavez international airport in Lima, Peru. Hundreds of so-called foreign “drug mules” are trapped in this Andean nation that recently surpassed Colombia as the world’s No. 1 cocaine producer. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
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In this photo released by El Salvador's Foreign Ministry, Jose Salvador Alvarenga holds a microphone intending to speak, after arriving at the airport in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. Alvarenga was wheeled in a wheelchair before a crush of more than 100 mostly foreign journalists. But when handed the microphone, he held it in silence. The 37-year-old, who says he survived more than a year on a small boat drifting from Mexico across the Pacific Ocean to the Marshall Islands, arrived in his native El Salvador late Tuesday. Pictured from left to right are El Salvador's Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Juan Jose Garcia, Foreign Affairs Minister Jaime Miranda, an unidentified official, Alvarenga and Vice Minister of Health Violeta Menjivar. (AP Photo/El Salvador's Foreign Ministry)
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FILE - This Feb. 14, 2012 file photo shows a pedestrian walking past valentines posted on a storefront in Montpelier, Vt. As Valentine’s Day approaches, a new poll suggests Cupid’s arrow hit the target for most Americans. The Associated Press-WE tv survey finds 66 percent of paired-off adults feel their relationships are perfect or nearly so, and just 3 percent think their partnerships have serious problems. All told, 68 percent of Americans are in committed relationships of some kind, and another 11 percent aren’t currently coupled, but would like to be. Seventeen percent say they aren’t seeking a relationship. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

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

1. AMERICAN STARS WIPING OUT IN SUNNY SOCHI

From Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso to Shaun White and Shani Davis, athletes expected to win gold have stumbled.

2. COMCAST TO BUY TIME WARNER CABLE FOR $45 BILLION

AP sources confirm deal that would combine two largest U.S. cable companies. Announcement expected this morning.

3. ARMY OF UTILITY WORKERS LABORING IN THE SOUTH

A half-million homes and businesses lost power to the storm now sweeping up I-95 corridor to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

4. TEA PARTY TEEING OFF ON SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER

After Mitch McConnell helped advance the bill to raise the debt ceiling, conservative groups signal they'll make his vote an issue in November.

5. ABOUT ONE MILLION SIGN UP FOR `OBAMACARE' IN JANUARY

It's the first time since the health insurance markets opened last fall that a national monthly enrollment target has been met.

6. HOW U.S. WILL GET RID OF SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS

An AP Q&A tells you about the ship, crew and process that will be used to destroy mustard gas and raw materials for sarin nerve gas.

7. WHERE YOUR VALENTINE'S DAY ROSES ARRIVE IN THE U.S.

Most come from Colombia and Ecuador, and 85 percent of all imported flowers pass through the airport in Miami. VALENTINE'S FLOWERS-AIRLINES

8. FOREIGN `DRUG MULES' FACE A PURGATORY IN PERU

Caught trying to smuggle cocaine, they serve their time but then find themselves stuck in the country until parole ends, fines are paid.

9. MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY CASTAWAY IN GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH, MENTALLY FRAGILE

El Salvador fisherman tells doctors he came close to giving up hope after large ships passed close to his small boat but didn't stop to rescue him.

10. WHAT AP POLL SAYS ABOUT THE SEXES AND VALENTINE'S DAY

Men are just as excited about the holiday as women, and almost everyone wants to receive a gift.

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