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10 Things to Know for Friday

Updated Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 | 6:02 p.m.

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

1. RANDOM JUSTICE IN MILITARY SEX ABUSE CASES

An AP analysis of more than 1,000 sex crimes reports at military bases in Japan finds that most of the accused didn't serve jail time.

2. WHEN THE ECONOMY IS PICKING UP

The AP's Josh Boak reports that experts feel the U.S. economy will stay stuck in a slump for several years.

3. RUSSIA'S FIRST GOLD

The figure skating team led by veteran Evgeni Plushenko and teenager Julia Lipnitskaia makes the home crowd happy with a victory over Canada and the

4. WHO'S NOT IN SOCHI

Terror threats and a remote location have kept foreign travelers away by the thousands from this Winter Olympics.

5. NKOREA RESCINDS INVITATION TO US ENVOY

The State Department says it is "deeply disappointed" in Pyongyang's decision to withdraw for a second time an invitation to a U.S. envoy to discuss the release of jailed American businessman Kenneth Bae.

6. WHY DENMARK ZOO KILLED A HEALTHY GIRAFFE

Saying it was to prevent inbreeding, the 2-year-old male was shot and then fed to a group of hungry lions as visitors watched.

7. IN RARE CEASE FIRE, HUNDREDS EVACUATED FROM SYRIA

Scores of civilians flee the besieged city of Homs, braving gunmen spraying bullets and lobbing mortar shells.

8. WHERE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS GAINING TRACTION

In the deep south, where many Republican lawmakers fear pot could lead to widespread drug use and social ills, medical use of the substance is becoming more accepted in a handful of states.

95. ACTOR'S DISAPPEARING ACT

Shia LaBeouf walked out of a press conference at the Berlin Film Festival and .... walked the red carpet with a bag over his head.

10. REPORTS: MISSOURI ALL-AMERICAN SAYS HE IS GAY

Michael Sam says he is gay, and the defensive end could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL.