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[December 29, 2013]

10 Things to Know for Monday

(Associated Press Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday: 1. BOMBING RATCHETS UP FEARS AHEAD OF WINTER GAMES A suicide blast killed at least 15 people and wounded scores in a southern Russia railway station, as the country prepares to host the Sochi Olympics.


2. WHO'S OBSESSED WITH TRACKING EXPENSES Documents obtained by the AP show the al-Qaida terror group is serious about financial bookkeeping, with what amounts to a company-wide accounting policy across its many chapters.

3. NSA INTERCEPTS COMPUTER DELIVERIES, REPORT SAYS The German magazine Der Spiegel says the U.S. hacking unit hijacks deliveries of electronics and exploits hardware vulnerabilities as part of its spying efforts.

4. FEDS KEEP AN EYE ON ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH While Colorado prepares to be the first in the nation to allow recreational pot sales in the new year, the Justice Department is standing watch.

5. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SKI ACCIDENT A French hospital says the seven-time F1 racing champ is in critical condition following brain surgery after hitting his head on a rock in the French Alps.

6. WHAT COULD COMPLICATE GOP PLANS FOR SENATE CONTROL Tea partyers and social conservatives could throw a wrench in Republicans' strategy during primaries in Georgia, Iowa and North Carolina.

7. TO EXIT REFUGEE CAMP IS TO RISK DEATH, THEY SAY Threat of ethnic attacks keeps men from venturing outside of U.N. camps in South Sudan amid spiraling violence.

8. FEDERAL HEALTH MARKET SURPASSES 1 MILLION SIGNUPS A December surge gives a boost to the problem-plagued federal insurance market website, the White House says.

9. WHERE SOME ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS TURN FOR CARE Facilities in northern Thailand provide high-quality care for the elderly that's also less expensive than in Europe or the U.S., some families say.

10. PREACHING SAFETY AFTER TEXAS EXPLOSION The state fire marshal is going on a 68-stop tour aimed at spreading awareness among businesses and first responders, in the wake of a chemical plant blast that killed 15 people.

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