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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. US SEEKS TO EASE TENSION WITH ISRAEL OVER IRAN

"If diplomacy should fail, we know the stakes of a nuclear-armed Iran," U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power tells the Israelis. "We will not let it happen."

2. WHY BATTLE FOR TIKRIT IS KEY

Wresting Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State militants would provide a major supply link for the operation to also retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

3. NASDAQ CLOSES ABOVE 5,000

It's only the third time the tech-heavy index has passed that benchmark in its 44-year history.

4. NEMTSOV'S FRIEND SAYS SHE DIDN'T SEE GUNMAN

Twenty-three-year-old Anna Duritskaya, who was walking with the Russia opposition leader when he was gunned down, says she saw only a car speeding away.

5. LONGEST-SERVING WOMAN IN CONGRESS WON'T SEEK SIXTH TERM

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, 78, a Maryland Democrat, has for years been a force to be reckoned with on Capitol Hill.

6. NEW MEXICO HIGH SCHOOLERS WALK OUT OVER TESTS

Opponents of the controversial exams - which are aligned with Common Core standards - say they distract from real learning.

7. HOW GOOGLE AIMS TO BROADEN PHONE SERVICE

The company plans to test solar-powered drone aircraft as "floating cell towers" that could bring coverage to remote areas.

8. SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR TIED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Researchers link Syria's years-long drought to a collapse of farming, then to the migration of 1.5 million farmers to the cities, and to poverty and civil unrest.

9. WHO'S GOT NO PLANS TO QUIT

"Judge Judy" Sheindlin extends her contract three more years, keeping her TV court in session into 2020.

10. NFL STAR COULD BE LEAVING DETROIT

The Lions announce that they'll allow defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh to hit the open market later this month.

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