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January 16, 2013

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. OBAMA TO PROPOSE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

The administration also wants Congress to ban high-capacity magazines like those used in Newtown, Conn.

2. NEARLY 6 IN 10 AMERICANS WANT STRICTER GUN LAWS

The Associated Press-GfK poll finds 84 percent of Americans also want a federal standard for background checks.

3. A RUSH-HOUR HELICOPTER CRASH IN LONDON

The aircraft went down near a major underground station and the British spy agency MI6, killing two.

4. DREAMLINERS GROUNDED IN JAPAN

The Boeing Co. 787s are undergoing safety checks after an All Nippon Airways plane made an emergency landing in western Japan.

5. A WAY FOR ARMSTRONG TO GET BACK IN THE GAME

The World Anti-Doping Agency says he must confess under oath if he wants to reduce his lifetime ban from sports.

6. HOW HEALTHY ARE ENERGY DRINKS

A government survey says ER visits tied to their consumption doubled over the past four years.

7. THE PRICE OF A STUDENT ATHLETE

Public universities in big-time conferences like the SEC are spending more than $100,000 per athlete, about six times the per-student expense on academics.

8. WHAT 18 HUMAN HEADS WERE DOING AT THE AIRPORT

Seized by Chicago customs officials, the heads had been used for medical research in Italy and were being returned to be cremated.

9. FIND IT ON FACEBOOK

The social network, aiming to compete better with Google and other rivals, unveils a new search feature.

10. WHY 'AMERICAN IDOL' HAS HIGH RATINGS HOPES

The show, which returns Wednesday, is shelling out $36 million for superstar judges.

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