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10 things to know, Wednesday, Feb. 7


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

1. Russian hackers hunt high-tech secrets, exploiting U.S. weakness

An AP investigation finds that Russian cyberspies pursuing secrets of military drones and other sensitive U.S. defense technology tricked contract workers into exposing their email to theft.

2. Trump continues to paint immigrants as criminals

He's highlighting gang connections, calling family reunification a national security threat and tweeting that it's “disgraceful” an NFL player was killed in a car accident involving a man living in the country illegally.

3. Several dead, scores missing after magnitude 6.4 quake hits Taiwan

Rescuers are working to try to reach people who are trapped after a strong temblor near the island nation's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously.

4. What Pence is saying about North Korea sanctions

The vice president says the U.S. is poised to announce the “toughest and most aggressive” economic sanctions against Pyongyang, boosting pressure on the isolated nation during the Olympics.

5. Who is headed to the Winter Olympics

Kim Jong Un's sister, an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea's leadership, will be part of the country's delegation coming to the Pyeongchang Games.

6. Why this stock market plunge stung more

More Americans have become exposed to the ups and downs of Wall Street, particularly older Americans.

7. Rail industry says key safety technology not due until 2020

Despite a previous extension by Congress, a plan to complete work on positive train control, or PTC, by the end of the year is not likely to be met.

8. How Puerto Ricans are restoring power

Remote mountain communities across the Caribbean nation are fixing the power grid on their own to bring back power faster more than four months after Hurricane Maria.

9. Ice cream wars heating up

Ben & Jerry's is the latest big brand to launch a low-calorie version of its frozen treats.

10. McDaniels audibles out of Colts pact

The Patriots assistant coach backs out of a deal to become Indianapolis’ head coach, a decision that shocked the franchise hours after it announced his hiring.

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