10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 8:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 21 at 8:08 PM

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

1. POLICE: CALIFORNIA WOMAN ESCAPES KIDNAPPER AFTER 10 YEARS

The now-25-year-old says she was forced to marry her captor and they had a child together.

2. MOSCOW, BEIJING ENHANCE TIES

The global powers sign a landmark deal to ship natural gas from Russia to China — and discuss a security arrangement that would exclude the U.S.

3. OBAMA SUMMONS VA CHIEF TO OVAL OFFICE

The meeting comes amid a furor over allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at Veterans Administration hospitals.

4. BOKO HARAM ATTACKS 3 NIGERIAN VILLAGES, KILLING DOZENS

One of the villages assaulted is near the town where more than 300 schoolgirls were kidnapped last month by the Islamist extremists.

5. WHAT US IS SEEKING FROM AIRLINES

The government says travelers need to be told upfront about basic services that aren't included in the price of a ticket and how much extra they'll cost.

6. FROM 'HAPPY' TO SAD IN IRAN

Authorities arrest six young Iranians after a video showing them dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit song pops up on the Internet.

7. DEMOCRATS TAKING PART IN BENGHAZI PROBE

Pelosi announces she will appoint the full complement of five Democrats on the 12-member House panel — despite concerns that the inquiry is a GOP election-year ploy.

8. WHO'S ENJOYING HIS RETIREMENT

Jay Leno, after leaving "The Tonight Show," says he now feels free to travel and invest more in his standup routines.

9. SCIENTISTS SURPRISED TO FIND BACTERIA IN PLACENTAS OF HEALTHY PREGNANT WOMEN

The new research also hints that the make-up of this microbial colony may play a role in preterm births.

10. WHY NFL PLAYOFFS WILL INCLUDE MORE TEAMS

The extra revenue for the league and the players makes expansion a slam dunk to be approved for 2015, reports Barry Wilner, the AP's pro football writer.

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