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10 Things to know for Wednesday

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

1. OBAMA VOWS TO FAST-TRACK IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL

He says he'll send his own legislation to Capitol Hill if lawmakers don't act quickly.

2. WHAT CAUSED THE BRAZIL NIGHTCLUB FIRE

The flares for the band's onstage pyrotechnic display were meant only for outdoor use. They cost $1.25 each - while an indoor flare costs $35.

3. KERRY BREEZES TO CONFIRMATION AS SEC'Y OF STATE

Even Republicans praise him as Clinton's ideal successor.

4. CHUCK HAGEL AIMS FOR ZERO

The likely next secretary of defense supports an international movement that favors eliminating all nuclear weapons.

5. AN URGENT SUMMONS FOR SYRIAN AID

Officials plan to seek $1.5 billion from the international community to help up to 1 million refugees and twice that number of people inside the country.

6. BP CLOSES BOOK ON CRIMINAL PROBE OF GULF OIL SPILL

A judge agrees to let the company plead guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers and pay a record $4 billion in penalties.

7. FURY IN EGYPT

Nation on the threshold of revolt against an Islamist president buries its dead as political violence intensifies.

8. EYES IN THE AFRICAN SKY

The Obama administration plans to locate a drone base in Niger to monitor al-Qaida as concerns about extremists there deepen.

9. A-ROD DENIES CLAIMS HE BOUGHT HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE

Miami newspaper alleges the three-time AL MVP used a now-defunct clinic to buy PEDs.

10. HOW TO TELL THE HARBAUGHS APART

Jim's the intense competitor. Older brother John is more engaging.

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