The Brattleboro Reformer has many colleagues around the country producing news for our "sister" papers. The Daily DFM is a "top picks" of today's national news. Consider it a collection of "things you should know, today."

1. Track the winter storm that's dumping snow on the eastern US

2. 5 things to know about health law and job benefits

By Carla K. Johnson, Tom Murphy/AP

David Borris, owner of Hel's Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Ill., poses for a photo in his company's kitchen. Borris said the health law doesn'’t affect his hiring.

David Borris, owner of Hel's Kitchen Catering in Northbrook, Ill., poses for a photo in his company's kitchen. Borris said the health law doesn'’t affect his hiring. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo

Five things to know about how the health care overhaul affects people who get their insurance coverage through work.

1. Hours matter

The law requires companies with 50 or more workers to offer their full-time staff - defined as 30 hours a week or more - health insurance. That could cause some employers to cut hours for some workers.

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3. The Beatles are coming! Celebrating 50 years of the Fab Four.

4. Warren Buffett's $1 billion bet against NCAA bracket perfection

By Kavitha A. Davidson/AP

Warren Buffett, right, is watched by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, left, as he is assisted by Harlem Globetrotter Chris “Handles” Franklin in spinning a basketball in Omaha, Neb.

Warren Buffett, right, is watched by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, left, as he is assisted by Harlem Globetrotter Chris “Handles” Franklin in spinning a basketball in Omaha, Neb. Nati Harnik/AP Photo

Warren Buffett's company has made a $1 billion bet on something most of us already assume to be true: It's impossible to pick the perfect bracket for the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Berkshire Hathaway has insured a $1 billion prize by Quicken Loans that would pay the winner $25 million a year over the next 40 years, or one lump sum of $500 million. It's by far the largest payout offered for predicting the National Collegiate Athletic Association's tournament - Fox Sports recently put up $1 million for the same feat, and Yahoo's contest would have paid $5 million.

With the odds of filling out a flawless, 64-team bracket about 1 in 9 quintillion, Buffett's money appears to be safe. For reference, you'd have a better chance at hitting four straight holes-in-one or winning three consecutive Powerball lotteries. Last year, no entries in ESPN's Tournament Challenge remained perfect heading into the round of 32; the two brackets that finished tied atop the leader board incorrectly predicted nine and 12 matchups.

In fact, the odds of filling out a perfect bracket are so low that other companies have been willing to bet on its impossibility. In 2012, when Fox Sports announced its contest, HCC Insurance Holdings Inc. signed on to underwrite the $1 million prize. This year's contest, like those that came before, is just the stunt marketing designed to use big numbers to garner headlines around March Madness.

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5. Local skier clinches Olympics spot

By By CHRIS MAYS / Reformer Staff

Devin Logan, of the United States, competes during the U.S. Grand Prix freestyle halfpipe skiing event Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Park City, Utah.

Devin Logan, of the United States, competes during the U.S. Grand Prix freestyle halfpipe skiing event Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Rick Bowmer)

Devin Logan, of the United States, competes during the U.S. Grand Prix freestyle halfpipe skiing event Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Park City, Utah. (Rick Bowmer)

DOVER -- This will be the first time that pro freestyle skier Devin Logan will be heading to the Olympics.

"I'm just excited to go," she said. "I'm honored to represent my country. Hopefully, I'll bring back a medal of some sort for the U.S."

Logan found out she made the U.S. Olympic Team on Jan. 17 in Park City, Utah, where she won first place at the Grand Prix event.

"That was when I knew I locked my spot for slopestyle," she added. "I was kind of speechless. After my second run, I was still in first. I had to wait for another five people to take runs. Anyone could of bumped me out."

As a freestyle skier who competes in both slopestyle and halfpipe, Logan had been hopeful that she would make both of the teams. So far, she knows she will be competing in slopestyle events.

Competing in the halfpipe for the 2014 games, being held in Sochi, Russia, from Feb. 7 to 23, is still up in the air. But, Logan told the Reformer she is looking decent for a spot on the halfpipe team.

On Jan. 18, she took third place at the halfpipe event. She won't know until Wednesday or Thursday if she will compete in the halfpipe at the Olympics.

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