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5 things to know this morning

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

1. South Africa's extended farewell to Mandela

As world leaders, including President Barack Obama, begin to arrive for a service in Johannesburg on Tuesday, the civil-rights campaigner's life is being memorialized across the country and world.

2. The storm that won't end

Snow, freezing rain and sleet forced the cancellation of thousands of flights nationwide and threatens a messy morning commute for those across the northeast corridor.

3. Senate Democrats push Obama nominees

Democrats are ready to muscle through the president's choices for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs, but Republicans retain enough power to slow the appointments.

4. Thai government calls for early elections

Thailand's prime minister announces she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and asks for early voting in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis.

5. US defense secretary travels to Pakistan

Chuck Hagel arrived early today for meetings with the nation's prime minister and military leaders, hoping to further repair a strained relationship between Washington and Islamabad.

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