10 Things to know for Thursday, Dec. 18

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. MEGA MILLIONS JACKPOT

2. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION
The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals. UNITED STATES-OLYMPICS

3. WILL THE FED END ECONOMIC STIMULUS
Not yet, say most analysts, as chairman Ben Bernanke wraps up his final Reserve policy meeting today. FEDERAL RESERVE

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. BUDGET BATTLE

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. 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. SOUTH SUDAN-VIOLENCE

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. INDIA-US-DIPLOMAT ARREST

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. UNITED STATES-PHILIPPINES

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. BLIND MAN-SUBWAY FALL

10. FACEBOOK BLAMED FOR PIER PLUNGE
A tourist glued to her Facebook feed was rescued after falling off a jetty in Australia. AUSTRALIA-FACEBOOK FALL


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