10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Frankie Thevenot, 3, plays with an iPad in his bedroom at his home in Metairie, La.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Frankie Thevenot, 3, plays with an iPad in his bedroom at his home in Metairie, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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

1. DEADLY AL-QAIDA PLOT UNCOVERED, YEMEN SAYS

The terror group planned to fire missiles at foreign embassies, according to the gulf nation.

2. US RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA FALTER

While a dispute over the NSA leaker is blamed for canceling a summit, the seeds of renewed U.S.-Russia discord were planted more than a year ago.

3. WHAT HALTED THE FORT HOOD SHOOTING CASE

Lawyers say they can’t watch Hasan, who was representing himself, fulfill a death wish.

4. HOW BLOOD SUGAR AFFECTS YOUR BRAIN

Scientists say higher levels seem to raise the risk of dementia.

5. WHY SMARTPHONES DON’T MAKE SMARTER BABIES

An advocacy group says “screen media a really ineffective way of teaching a baby language.”

6. EGYPT SEEKS STABILITY, END TO PROTESTS

The military-backed interim leadership proclaims that a crackdown against two sit-ins is inevitable.

7. NEW TWIST IN TRAGIC TALE

The suspect in the kidnapping of a 16-year-old California girl had told her he had romantic feelings for her, a friend of the girl says; he is also sought in the death of the girl’s mother, and possibly also her brother.

8. A MERE $10 MILLION? THEY’LL SIT IT OUT

The way casual players define a major lottery jackpot has changed: The prize has to be enormous to get people motivated to play Powerball, and the lottery has been revamped so huge payouts happen more often.

9. USHER’S SON’S SCARY ACCIDENT

The 5-year-old briefly became stuck in a pool drain. Now the singer’s ex-wife is seeking temporary primary custody.

10. MANNINGS REVEAL NEW TALENT

Quarterbacks and Super Bowl MVPs Eli and Peyton Manning perform a three-minute rap in a commercial for Direct TV’s “Football on Your Phone.”

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