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5 things you need to know Thursday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:22

The biggest news to start your morning.

       

Learn how the Iowa caucuses work in 60 seconds

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:12

The simplest explanation of how Iowa kicks off 2016.

       

Senate panel approves bill to boost protections for Europeans' data privacy

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:57

Europeans see the bill's passage as a way to restore trust in the U.S. tech industry.

       

Muslim advocacy group pens open letter to Iowans

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:51

25,000 Iowans will receive a letter from the Muslim Public Affairs Council on Friday asking them to reject divisive and discriminatory rheto...

       

Feds seek insurance sign-ups as clock ticks towards enrollment deadline

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:36

Four days before an enrollment deadline they vow not to extend, federal health officials on Thursday tried to dismiss suggestions Affordable...

       

Caucus 101: Iowa students hit the books before the polls

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:35

13 students enrolled in the two-credit Grinnell Caucus Project went on the road last week for an up-close view of the Iowa Caucus.

       

Pentagon unveils family-friendly initiatives

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:12

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that all female service members will receive 12 weeks of maternity.

       

Bernie Sanders, 74, is in 'very good health', doctor says

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:07

If elected, he'd be the oldest president in U.S. history.

       

D.C. issued more than $1M in tickets, fines during snowstorm

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:57

More fun: Black ice and slick spots expected to snarl Thursday morning's rush hour.

       

Bracelets sent on a worldwide mission of kindness

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:47

Bracelets sent on a worldwide mission of kindness

       

Palestinian attacks cause economic hardships for other Palestinians

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:45

Israel’s security crackdown has had a dramatic impact on the Palestinian economy.

       

Mizzou student leadership in limbo after president-elect steps down

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:45

It took less than a day for the University of Missouri to find itself embroiled in another controversy.

       

Bernie Sanders cosponsors repeal of gun-friendly bill

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:41

The bill would repeal legal protections for the gun industry that Sanders previously supported.

       

No wine? No lunch for Iran's president in France

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:29

French President Francois Hollande scratches lunch plans with Iran's Hassan Rouhani.

       

Armed Oregon standoff continues despite arrests

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:13

Three protesters were arrested and 5 freed at a checkpoint outside the occupied refuge.

       

Drug abuse fuels steep rise in hepatitis B in Appalachia, study shows

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:01

Three Appalachian states have seen a huge surge in the potentially-serious liver infection hepatitis B.

       

NASA's Day of Remembrance honors fallen astronauts

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 09:00

The Challenger exploded on this date 30 years ago, killing all seven on board.

       

Paris cemetery on moving Morrison grave: No way

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 20:59

French spurn Florida politician's proposal to move Doors singer to Florida Space Coast.

       

Experts: USA must prepare now for Zika virus

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 20:53

Disease is linked to a surge in birth defects in Brazil.

       

Man forces UK film censors to watch paint dry

USAToday.com Top Stories - Wed, 01/27/2016 - 20:40

It was the ultimate revenge for classification fees, filmmaker says.