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    FILE - In this June 4, 2007, file photo, tennis champion Billie Jean King is introduced during a town hall conversation hosted by the group Women for Hillary in New York. The White House says King and U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul will join the opening ceremony delegation. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

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    FILE - This May 23, 2010 image provided by NASA shows the International Space Station with the Earth in the background. The image was photographed by an STS-132 crew member on space shuttle Atlantis after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, NASA decided to schedule a series of urgent spacewalks to fix a broken cooling line at the International Space Station. The first is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/NASA)

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    Cathon Adams, of south Sacramento, Calif., fills out a stack of her lottery picks at Lichines Liquor & Deli in the Land Park, Calif., area on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Paula Otto, the Virginia Lottery's executive director and the lead director of Mega Millions, said that $336 million in tickets were sold for Tuesday drawing. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT

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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.

2. OBAMA SELECTS GAY ATHLETES FOR SOCHI DELEGATION

The move sends a clear signal to Russia about its treatment of homosexuals.

3. WILL THE FED END ECONOMIC STIMULUS

Not yet, say most analysts, as chairman Ben Bernanke wraps up his final Reserve policy meeting today.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

10. FACEBOOK BLAMED FOR PIER PLUNGE

A tourist glued to her Facebook feed was rescued after falling off a jetty in Australia.

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