Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. HOW TRUMP IS PUSHING BACK AT MUELLER
The president brands his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy to raise suspicions about the probe.
2. NFL MOVES TO QUELL ANTHEM FIRESTORM
The league’s owners approve a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the field during the national anthem but permitting them to stay in the locker room.
3. JARED KUSHNER GETS PERMANENT SECURITY CLEARANCE
The move ensures that Trump’s son-in-law and key adviser can hold access to some of the country’s most closely held secrets.
4. WHAT FDA SAYS ISN’T SAFE FOR BABIES
Federal health officials warn parents about the dangers of teething remedies that contain the popular numbing ingredient benzocaine.
5. JUDGE TO TRUMP: LOSE THE FILTER
A federal judge rules that the president is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views.
6. ‘WE NEED TIME TO RECOVER’
Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with her father in a nerve agent attack, says their recovery has been slow and painful, in her first public statement since the poisoning.
7. MADURO SWIFTLY CONSOLIDATING POWER
Since his disputed election victory, the Venezuelan president has thrown out U.S. diplomats, arrested alleged military conspirators and cracked down on the nation’s last remaining critical major newspaper.
8. E-CIGS DISAPPOINT IN QUIT-SMOKING STUDY
In a study of company wellness programs, free electronic cigarettes did not help smokers quit more than usual methods such as nicotine patches.
9. CANDY MAKER GOBBLED UP IN SWEET DEAL
The 171-year-old company known for its chalky Necco Wafers and those little inscribed hearts that are everywhere on Valentine’s Day is sold in bankruptcy court.
10. WHY MORNING TV WILL HAVE NEW LOOK
ABC is expanding “Good Morning America” to a third hour and canceling “The Chew” to make room.