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10 things you need to know today: February 23, 2014
A Mexican drug lord is in custody, Sweden and Canada duke it out for Olympic hockey gold, and more
Sweden and Canada battle it out in the game for Olympic hockey gold.
Sweden and Canada battle it out in the game for Olympic hockey gold. Clive Mason/Getty Images

1. Mexican drug lord captured in surprise raid
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the legendary boss of Mexico's deadly Sinaloa drug cartel who infamously escaped in 2001 from a high-security prison in a laundry cart, was arrested Saturday in a surprise raid in Mazatlan, a Mexican resort town. The capture was the result of a joint operation of Mexican marines and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents that was in the works for four or five weeks. [CNN]

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2. Taliban suspends U.S. prisoner swap
Afghanistan's Taliban has suspended mediation with the U.S. to exchange American soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held in U.S. custody in Guantanamo Bay, halting what was considered the best chance yet of securing Bergdahl's freedom since his capture in 2009. In an email to the Associated Press on Sunday, Zabihullah Mujahed blamed the "current complex political situation in the country." [Huffington Post]
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3. Ukraine hesitant about Tymoshenko's release from prison
A day after the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych from office, calming once-raging protests, many are focusing on the subsequent release of his jailed arch-rival Yulia Tymoshenko. Journalists, even those opposing Yanukovych, are against her possible return to power, saying Ukraine needs new faces; others argue that she still has the clout needed to restore order in Ukraine. Yanukovych has not been seen since his dismissal from office. [BBC News]

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4. Arizona governor still undecided on anti-gay bill
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer may not sign a bill that would let businesses refuse to serve gay men and lesbians if it conflicts with their religious beliefs, she said Saturday. The bill, passed Thursday by the legislature, sparked strong reaction from opponents who called it "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment. Brewer is a Republican well-regarded by her party for her conservative views. [NBC News]
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5. Dueling rallies grip Venezuelan capital
Venezuelans on both sides of the nation's political divide took to the streets on Saturday after two weeks of mass protests that have President Nicolas Maduro scrambling to squash a militant opposition movement. Dueling protests between Maduro's supporters and opposition capped a violent week in which the government opposition leaders. The violence has left at least 10 people dead on both sides and injured more than 100. [Associated Press]
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6. Ayotte: Obama's Russia policy reset has failed
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said on Fox News Sunday that President Obama has failed in his bid to reset U.S. relations with Russia, pointing to Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Syria as well as Russia granting asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. "Now that the Olympics are over, we need to watch the behavior of the Russians," she added. [Politico]
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7. Fitbit halts sales of Force bracelet
Fitbit is halting sales of its newest fitness-tracking bracelet and recalling the product after months of complaints from consumers who say the band causes rashes on their wrists. The San Francisco company said in a statement that it was conducting the recall of its newest bracelet "out of an abundance of caution" and repeated an offer to refund consumers who purchased the $129 Force. [Wall Street Journal]
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8. Gas leak kills one at Long Island mall
A carbon monoxide leak at the Walt Whitman Shops on Long Island killed one person and sickened more than two dozen. A woman and a man, both employees at the mall's Legal Sea Foods, were found in the basement overcome by the gas when emergency personnel arrived. Both were taken to the hospital, where the man died. Investigators are looking at whether a problem with the restaurant's heating system in the basement caused the leak. [New York Times]
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9. The Sochi Olympics come to a close
Today, the last day of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, host country Russia leads the medal count with 33. The four-man bobsled, men's cross-country race, and gold medal hockey game between Sweden and Canada will all conclude today before tonight's closing ceremonies. [USA Today]
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10. Maria von Trapp dies
Maria Franziska von Trapp, whose family's story was told in The Sound of Music, died last Tuesday. She was the last surviving member of the musical family of seven brothers and sisters and passed away in her sleep at home in Vermont at the age of 99. [People]

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Terri is a freelance writer at TheWeek.com. She's a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, and has worked at TIME and Brides.

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