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

1. Six Takeaways From the Fourth GOP Debate

Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee gave candidates lagging behind in the polls a chance to pounce, while those at the top of the pack, such as Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, got the opportunity to shine. The economy was front and center in this policy debate, but immigration helped contrast where exactly the candidates stand. Read more in POLITICS.

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2. Wintry Weather Threatens Up to 60 Million

Americans from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Lakes face the threat of severe weather Wednesday. A blizzard warning was issued for the Great Plains east of Denver, while twisters and high winds would pose a problem across the Midwest, forecasters said. Read more in NEWS.

3. Kabul Protest Over Killings in Afghanistan Erupts in Violence

Thousands of angry protesters attempted to enter Afghanistan's presidential compound Wednesday as a march over the brutal murders of seven minority Hazaras briefly turned violent. Read more in NEWS.

4. Small Plane Crash in Ohio Kills Nine, Owner Says

The fiery jet crash at an Akron, Ohio, apartment building Tuesday afternoon killed all nine people on board, the plane's owner and operator told a local newspaper. Read more in NEWS.

5. Chinese Retailer Rakes in Over $9B on ‘Singles Day’

There is a lot for China's e-commerce companies to love Wednesday, on what's billed as the country's anti-Valentine's Day. The annual Nov. 11 homage to singledom has easily eclipsed Cyber Monday as the biggest online shopping day of the year, with retail giant Alibaba alone earning $1 billion in sales in just eight minutes. Read more in BUSINESS.

6. Activist Who Battled Drug Scourge 'Executed': Cops

Baltimore's top cop expressed outrage Tuesday over the killing of community activist Kendal Fenwick, a young father of three, calling his murder an execution. Fenwick was shot dead Monday while retrieving something from his car — making his murder the city's 295th homicide in 2015. Read more in NEWS.

7. Businesses Serve Up Veterans Day 'Thank Yous'

From Applebee's to Meineke, dozens of companies are extending a "thank you" Wednesday to the men and women who have served in the country's armed forces with Veterans Day freebies, discounts and deals. Read more in BUSINESS.

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For the last five years, New York and Seattle have become rivals in a little known competition: fastest library book sorters in America.

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