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KNOW IT ALL: Wednesday’s Top 7 Stories at NBC News

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This artist's impression shows one of the three newly discovered planets in the star cluster Messier 67. In this cluster, the stars are all about the same age and composition as the sun. This makes it a perfect laboratory to study how many planets form in such a crowded environment. Very few planets in clusters are known, and this one has the additional distinction of orbiting a solar twin — a star that is almost identical to the sun. L. Calcada / ESO

Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following this morning:

1. 80 Shot as Gunmen Storm University in Pakistan

Eyewitnesses told local media the gunmen chanted "Allahu Akbar" — or "God is greatest" — as they launched the attack in classrooms and dormitories at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda. Read more in NEWS.

2. Wintry Wallop Could Dump 2 Feet of Snow on East Coast

Forecasters warned Wednesday of a major developing snowstorm that could dump snow, ice and treacherous conditions on every large Northeast city. The Midwest and East Coast already have faced frigid temperatures this week — and a storm due to start taking shape Thursday promises another frigid slap for millions that is expected to last through the weekend. Read more in NEWS.

Major Snowstorm Possible For Millions in Eastern U.S. 1:22

3. Michigan Governor Apologizes for Water Crisis: 'I Will Fix It'

Criticized for his handling of a water crisis that has exposed residents of a city of nearly 100,000 people to lead poisoning, Michigan's governor on Tuesday apologized to the citizens of Flint and pledged to fix the problem. Read more in NEWS.

4. 'Go Home!' Occupation Leader Jeered at Town Meeting

The leader of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge made an unannounced visit to a community meeting Tuesday, where he was met with jeers from some who have had enough of the group and its protest. Read more in NEWS.

5. Clinton Emails Held Info Beyond Top Secret

Emails from Hillary Clinton's home server contained information classified at levels higher than previously known, including a level meant to protect some of the most sensitive U.S. intelligence, according to a document obtained by NBC News. Read more in NEWS.

6. Will Palin's Endorsement Give Trump a Bump?

Palin, who fired up some aspects of the Republican base in 2008 as Sen. John McCain's running mate, could help Trump among women. Her support could also help to bolster the real estate mogul among some conservative circles in Iowa, which will hold its caucus on February 1st. But as much as she appeals to some components of the Republican base, she repels others. Read more in POLITICS.

Sarah Palin: Trump Perfectly Positioned to Make America Great Again 1:36

7. El Chapo Actress May Have Been Funded by Drug Lord

Kate del Castillo, the actress who helped set up Sean Penn's Rolling Stone interview with drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, has been subpoenaed in a Mexican investigation of alleged money laundering, the country's attorney general said Tuesday. Read more in NEWS.

8. Don't Miss Your Chance to See 5 Planets All at Once

In the mood for a little predawn astronomy? You're in luck: For the next 30 days or so you'll be able to see with the naked eye five of the brightest planets in our solar system, all at once, every morning. Read more in TECH.