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

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

1. Clinton Skillful in First Dem Debate With Sanders Assist

Hillary Clinton was a winner at the first Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday night — but she has Bernie Sanders to thank for some of her success. Early in the two-hour showdown, Sanders dismissed the controversy surrounding Clinton's use of a private email account, saying Americans were over her "damn emails." That allowed the former secretary of state to concentrate on her policy positions instead of having to defend her e-mail practices. Read more in POLITICS.

2. Trump Disparages Democrats on Twitter

GOP front-runner Donald Trump wasn't on the debate stage Tuesday night, but that didn't stop him from making a play at the spotlight. He live-tweeted his reactions, sometimes congratulating the candidates but mostly cracking wise. He mused that the debate lacked a "star." Read more in POLITICS.

3. Huckabee Tweet During Debate Causes Stir

One of the Republican presidential candidate's tweets during the debate is raising eyebrows. Huckabee said trusting Sanders with his tax dollars is like trusting "a North Korean chef with my labrador." Read more in POLITICS.

4. Israel Deploys Troops to Stave Off Surge in Violence

Hundreds of troops deployed on Wednesday to bolster police forces amid a deadly wave of attacks that has put Israel on high alert. The uptick in attacks — coupled with deadly clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians on the Gaza border — has raised fears of a third intifada, or Palestinian uprising. Read more in NEWS.

5. Milwaukee Gun Shop Must Pay Millions to Injured Cops

Badger Guns, one of the nation's biggest sellers of crime-linked guns, was found liable for negligence Tuesday in the case of two Milwaukee officers wounded by one of the shop's firearms. Jurors have ordered the shop to pay almost $6 million to the officers. Read more in NEWS.

6. Lamar Odom Found Unconscious in Nevada Brothel

Odom, the former NBA star and ex-husband of Khloé Kardashian, was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday after he was found unresponsive at the Love Ranch, a legal brothel. Odom had been taking what Dennis Hof, the brothel's owner, characterized to NBC News as "herbal Viagra," and "he was taking a lot of it." Read more in NEWS.

7. Why Spring Could Come Three Weeks Earlier in U.S.

Spring flowers may arrive earlier over the next century as climate change drives an earlier end to winters, researchers say in a new report. But another concern involves "false springs" — a warm period that tricks sleeping plants into thinking it's time to come out after the winter, putting them at risk if there's a sudden cold snap. Read more in SCIENCE.

Nightly Spotlight

A Tennessee woman and paramedic had just exchanged vows when word came that her dad and grandmother were in a car crash — and that's when her natural instinct took over.

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