10 things to know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. HOW OBAMA VIEWS TERROR FIGHT
He says the U.S. is not at war with Islam but with people who have perverted the religion.
2. KIEV: WITHDRAWAL FROM STRATEGIC TOWN ALMOST COMPLETE
Ukrainian forces retreated from Debaltseve, on the most direct route between eastern Ukraine's two biggest cities, after weeks of heavy fighting with pro-Russian militants.
3. SURVEY: AMERICANS SUPPORT RAISING MINIMUM WAGE, PAID SICK LEAVE
The AP-GfK poll finds that most favor the president's latest proposals on those issues but a majority doesn't think he is doing enough for the middle class.
4. RELUCTANT ALLIANCES REIGN OVER IRAQ'S FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC STATE
Shiites and Kurds are warily teaming up in long-disputed Kirkuk which has vast oil wealth, while Sunni leaders are trying to get over their mistrust of the central government.
5. WHAT THE HOROSCOPES SAY ABOUT THE CHINESE NEW YEAR
Astrologers signal the Sheep carries with it an unstable economy, turbulent weather and transport accidents.
6. BLACK MAN BLOCKED BY CHELSEA FANS CALLS FOR PUNISHMENT
After being pushed away from a Paris subway by soccer fans chanting racist slogans, the man says those responsible should go to jail.
7. HOW MUCH A GREEK EURO EXIT WOULD COST
A "Grexit" is not favored by Athens or the EU and could shave 10% off Greece's economy and mean billions of euros in unrepaid debt to eurozone countries.
8. SUPERBUG INFECTION KILLS TWO IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL
Seven patients were exposed to the antibiotic-resistant CRE during procedures at a UCLA medical facility.
9. WHY SOME SAY THEY'LL BOYCOTT ACADEMY AWARDS
A year after a richly diverse Oscar crop, all 20 acting nominees in Sunday's show are white.
10. VANILLA ICE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY
The recording artist had been charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home in Florida.