10 Things To Know For Friday
1. AMANDA KNOX'S CONVICTION UPHELD: From her mother's home in Seattle, the U.S. student says she's "saddened and frightened" by the Italian court's decision.
2. PROSECUTORS SEEK DEATH FOR BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT:The government says Chechen native Dzhokhar Tsarnaev "betrayed his allegiance" to the U.S. with the bombing that killed three and wounded hundreds.
3. NEXT STEPS FOR GOP ON IMMIGRATION: Party leaders are circulating a proposed pathway to a legal status - but not citizenship - for millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.
4. WHO'S ACCUSING SYRIA OF STALLING: The U.S. warns Damascus that it needs to speed up the surrender of its chemical weapons.
5. UKRAINIANS WAIT FOR OTHER SHOE TO DROP: Calling out sick amid his nation's deep turmoil, President Yanukovych sets off a raging debate about what's likely to happen next.
6. MISSOURI EXECUTES INMATE BEFORE APPEAL RESOLVED: Lawyers for Herbert Smulls say his is the third straight case in which the state has moved ahead before all court action has been dealt with.
7. HOW TORONTO'S MAYOR HAS BEEN UPSTAGED: An assault charge for pop star Justin Bieber has shifted the city's attention from the embattled Rob Ford.
8. SCHOOL SHAMED FOR SEIZING LUNCHES: The Salt Lake City School District apologizes and says it's investigating why elementary students owing money on their accounts had their meals tossed.
9. WHERE BILL DE BLASIO WILL BE SUNDAY: Not at the Super Bowl - even though it's being played in his own backyard. The new NYC mayor says he'll watch the game at home rather than foot the bill for the high-priced event.
10. NASCAR CREATES WINNER-TAKE-ALL SEASON FINALE: It's the latest and most radical change to the Chase for the Sprint Cup format.