10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
   
1. BRACING FOR POSSIBLE MISSILE LAUNCH
   
South Korea deployed surveillance systems and naval destroyers and the world closely watched missile movements in North Korea.
   
2. GUNMAN WHO HELD 4 FIREFIGHTERS HOSTAGE KILLED
   
A Georgia man who was having financial problems held the firefighters for hours before a SWAT team stormed his home.
   
3. GUN CONTROL DEBATE BEGINS
   
The Senate launches discussion today on Obama's firearms plan, a day after two leading conservatives unveiled a compromise to expand federal background checks.
   
4. OBAMA'S BUDGET PROMISES DRAW CRITICS ON ALL SIDES
   
Senior advocates say Obama isn't protecting Social Security, and conservatives say he is going back on a promise not to raise taxes on the middle class.
   
5. SECURING THE BORDER
   
The AP's Erica Werner reports a landmark immigration bill would call for 100 percent surveillance of the U.S.-Mexico border and apprehending more people trying to cross.
   
6. A GRIM TALLY IN SYRIA
   
Human Rights Watch says the regime has killed at least 4,300 civilians in airstrikes since last summer, targeting bakeries, bread lines and hospitals in the north.
   
7. HERMIT LIVING IN MAINE WILDERNESS FOR 27 YEARS ARRESTED
   
Police say 47-year-old Christopher Knight is responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries in a small town to steal food and other staples.
   
8. PC SALES SLUMP
   
Microsoft's newest version of Windows, designed to work with touch-sensitive screens, appears to be driving buyers away from personal computers.
   
9. WHAT WILL STILL DELIVER ON WEEKENDS
   
The Postal Service backed away from a plan to end Saturday mail service.
   
10. WHO'S THE CLEAR FAVORITE AT THE MASTERS
   
With three victories this year, No. 1 Tiger Woods is likely to capture his fifth green jacket.

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