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Women's bobsleigh silver medalists Elana Meyers, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States celebrate during their medals ceremony at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Thursday in Sochi, Russia.

10 Things to Know: Stories of the week

If you were too busy to catch up on the news during the week, here are some of the top stories:

  1. Ukraine: Independence or coup? Opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with Ukraine's beleaguered president that calls for early elections, a new constitution and a new unity government. Russian officials criticized the agreement, and protesters showed no sign of abandoning their camp in central Kiev. If it holds, the pact could be a major breakthrough in the months-long standoff, which worsened sharply this week when scores were killed and hundreds wounded in the country's worst violence since achieving independence in 1991.
  2. Going for the gold. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White won gold in figure skating's ice dance. It was the first Olympic title in the event for the United States. American David Wise ended up with gold in the men's ski halfpipe. A Russian hockey team with immense expectations lost its shot at an Olympic title. And in women's hockey, Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime for its fourth consecutive title. The men also beat the U.S.
  3. Over the counter, under scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to revamp its system for regulating hundreds of over-the-counter drugs, saying the decades-old process is not flexible enough to keep pace with modern medical developments.
  4. "He said this should have been done 44 years ago." Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed because of prejudice.
  5. Hundreds of Anne Frank, Holocaust books are vandalized in Japan. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January.
  6. Cartel boss in custody. Known as a legendary outlaw and the world’s most powerful and elusive drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been arrested without a single shot fired.
  7. Arizona bill lets businesses turn away gays. The Arizona legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others. Republicans said the measure is about protecting religious freedom and not discrimination.
  8. Bumblebees follow honeybees into decline. Wild populations of bumblebees appear to be in significant decline across Europe, North America, South America and also in Asia," according to study author Mark Brown of the University of London. He said his study confirmed that a major source of the decline was "the spillover of parasites and pathogens and disease" from managed honeybee hives.
  9. Detroit files plan to emerge from bankruptcy. The city presented its first full road map for climbing out of bankruptcy by restructuring $18 billion in debt, demolishing thousands of blighted homes and investing in the city's broken-down infrastructure. If approved, the proposal would mean sharply reduced payments to some retirees and creditors.
  10. Teens re-enact "Inglourious Basterds" torture scene on classmate. Authorities say four Oregon teenagers accused of shooting a fellow high school student with a BB gun and carving a swastika into his forehead had spent an evening sketching out ideas for torturing him.

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