10 nation and world stories to follow for Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday from The Associated Press:

1. HOPES DIM FOR AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

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Sen. Reid decides that including the divisive assault weapons provision might effectively block passage of any gun control bill at all. [CST]

2. IN IRAQ, DEADLIEST DAY THIS YEAR

A wave of bombings kills at least 65 -- and demonstrates how dangerously divided Iraq remains a decade after the U.S.-led invasion. [CST, CST]

3. WHO'S ALLEGING A CHEMICAL ATTACK IN SYRIA

The Assad regime and rebels trade accusations of a chemical attack -- which would be a first in the civil war. [CST]

4. SEVEN MARINES KILLED IN BLAST

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Marine Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman address the media outside the gates of Camp Lejeune, N.C., on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Seven Marines from the base were killed in a mortar accident in Nevada Monday night. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)

An exploding mortar shell is blamed for the deaths during mountain warfare training in Nevada. [CST]

5. WHY THE CRISIS IN CYPRUS IS DEEPENING

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Cypriot protestors wave banners during a demonstration against an EU bailout deal outside the parliament in the capital, Nicosia, on March 19, 2013. The speaker of the Cypriot parliament urged MPs to say "no to blackmail" in a vote on a eurozone bailout aimed at saving the Mediterranean island from bankruptcy. AFP PHOTO/HASAN MROUEHASAN MROUE/AFP/Getty Images

Lawmakers reject a plan to seize up to 10 percent of people's savings deposits to help pay for a bailout -- and keep banks from collapsing.

6. ADJUSTING EXPECTATIONS IN THE MIDEAST

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President Obama makes his way to board Air Force One on March 19, 2013 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama is beginning the first international trip of his second term with a visit to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

As Obama prepares to reinsert himself in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his best hope may be a partial peace deal. [CST]

7. GRANDMOTHER FACING LONG PRISON TERM

Jurors reject a self-defense claim and convict a suburban Detroit woman of murder for killing her teenage grandson. She shot him six times.

8. FULL TRANSPARENCY

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Yoga pants made of see-through fabric selling for $100 anger customers of Lululemon, whose name kind of sums it all up. [CST]

9. HOW TO TWEET YOUR WAY TO PRISON

While the judge in the Ohio rape case advises caution in using social media, texts, tweets and a shocking video made convictions of two football players possible.

10. LAWSUIT TARGETS ELMO ACTOR

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A man claims the former puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character lured him into drug-fueled sex when he was 16.

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