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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Last Updated May 23, 2018 at 8:40 pm EDT

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2009 file photo, Necco Wafers are displayed in Boston. Four bidders are vying to buy New England Confectionery Company, of Revere, Mass., the bankrupt manufacturer of Necco Wafers, Sweethearts and other iconic candies. A bankruptcy auction is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Necco said in March is will close and lay off hundreds of workers if a buyer isn't found. The company traces its roots to 1847 and calls itself the nation's oldest continuously operating candy company. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

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 cancelling “The Chew” to make room.