10 things to know for Friday

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

1. WHO’S NOT BENEFITING FROM FLU SHOTS

This year’s vaccine is proving startlingly ineffective in protecting older Americans — the most vulnerable age group.

2. DREW PETERSON GETS 38 YEARS IN PRISON

The sentence comes in an Illinois court after the ex-cop angrily denies killing his third wife.

casual_friday3. WHAT SWUNG THE BALANCE IN HAGEL’S FAVOR

Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby decides to back the defense nominee, giving him enough votes to win confirmation.

4. SEEKING BAIL, PISTORIUS FACES A HIGH HURDLE

His lawyers will have to prove there’s an “exceptional” reason to free him before trial.

5. HOW TO FOIL DRONES

Among other tips, Al-Qaida is advising its fighters to use desert-grass mats to camouflage their vehicles.

6. DRAMATIC CAR CHASE SHOOTOUT ON THE VEGAS STRIP

Three people are killed and six injured in street violence that a tourist likens to “something out of a movie. Like ‘Die Hard.'”

7. WHICH COUNTRIES WILL FOOT THE BILL FOR AFGHAN’S MILITARY

NATO considers funding the force through 2018, which would increase the costs to the U.S. and its allies by more than $2 billion a year.

8. READING WAL-MART’S TEA LEAVES

The giant retailer’s weaker sales forecast signals that the wallets of the nation’s poor and middle-class will remain thin.

9. WHEN THE SEQUESTER WILL BE FELT

It’s a government slowdown, not a shutdown, and could take a while to impact the public, writes the AP‘s Andrew Taylor.

10. AND (THE AP PREDICTS) THE WINNER IS…

Movie writers Christy Lemire and David Germain say “Argo” will win best picture at the Academy Awards.

Source: AP

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