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10 for today: Wednesday, Dec. 18

10 for today: Wednesday, Dec. 18

BLAST OFF: The Orbital Science Corporation Antares rocket is raised into position at launch Pad-0A, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va. The Antares will launch a Cygnus spacecraft on a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station on Thursday, Dec. 19. Weather permitting, it may be widely visible along the east coast of the United States. Photo: Associated Press/NASA, Bill Ingalls

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

1. WHO WON THE MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT

Lucky ticket holders in San Jose, Calif. and Georgia will share the $636 million jackpot.

2. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION

The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals.

3. WILL THE FED END ECONOMIC STIMULUS

Not yet, say most analysts, as chairman Ben Bernanke wraps up his final Reserve policy meeting today.

4. COMPROMISE BUDGET SET TO PASS SENATE

President Obama could sign the bill today after a rare display of bipartisanship wraps up the spending package.

5. WHY ASTRONAUTS COULD BE WORKING CHRISTMAS DAY

NASA has ordered a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station.

6. UN FEARS 500 KILLED IN SOUTH SUDAN

The fighting is believed to be “largely along ethnic lines”; The United States orders citizens to leave immediately.

7. WHAT TRIGGERED A DIPLOMATIC ROW BETWEEN INDIA AND THE US

An Indian diplomat was strip-searched after her arrest for filing false visa information on her New York housekeeper.

8. MORE TYPHOON AID FOR PHILIPPINES

Secretary of State John Kerry pledges an additional $25 million of relief while touring the devastated city of Tacloban.

9. HOW A BLIND MAN SURVIVED BEING HIT BY A SUBWAY TRAIN

The New York City man says his guide dog barked and tried to keep him from falling while witnesses called for help.

10. FACEBOOK BLAMED FOR PIER PLUNGE

A tourist glued to her Facebook feed was rescued after falling off a jetty in Australia.

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Maine Gets Sewage Funds, But Says It Needs More

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Maine officials say the $29.7 million they're receiving for wastewater treatment upgrades in seven facilities is a small portion of the more than $1 billion needed for similar projects over the next 20 years.

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Panel Makes Recommendations To Stop Domestic Abuse

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Creating a state database of concealed handgun permits and encouraging health care providers to screen patients regularly for physical abuse are among dozens of recommendations from a panel of Maine officials and law enforcement members who examined recent domestic violence homicides.

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University Of Maine Researchers Get Project Money

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Three University of Maine research scientists will receive grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for projects related to the fishing industry.

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Maine Man Says In Lawsuit Petco Rat Made Him Sick

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A Maine man who says he developed a serious disease after getting bit by a rat he bought at Petco has sued the pet supply retailer.

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Wilkerson, Close to receives degrees from Bates

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LEWISTON, Maine (AP) - Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Alexis Wilkerson and Oscar-nominated actor Glenn Close are among four people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at the Bates College commencement.