10 Things to know for Friday, Feb. 1

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times in EST):

1. AMBER ALERTS MAY BE A TURN OFF TO SOME
A new national alert system recently rolled out to cellphones that a child had been abducted has officials worried people will choose to opt out if their phones come to life unexpectedly. AMBER ALERTS-CELL PHONES

2. SOMBER CEREMONY TO MARK SHUTTLE TRAGEDY
At 10 a.m., NASA will honor the seven astronauts who perished when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas 10 years ago. COLUMBIA ANNIVERSARY

3. WHAT IS PROVING TO BE A QUANDARY IN TERROR FIGHT
AP’s Lara Jakes finds that the U.S. is struggling to confront an uptick in threats from the world’s newest jihadist hot spot — North Africa. US-AFRICA-AL QAIDA

4. JOBS REPORT EXPECTED TO BE A MIXED BAG
The January employment report released at 8:30 a.m. is expected to show that job growth remained steady last month even though Americans began receiving smaller paychecks that could keep the economy sluggish. ECONOMY

5. RETIRED PRELATE ENSNARED IN ABUSE ALLEGATIONS
Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony is relieved of his remaining duties as church releases thousands of pages of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse. CALIFORNIA CHURCH ABUSE

6. EGYPT BRACES FOR MORE PROTESTS
Opponents of Islamist President Morsi demand dismissal of the Cabinet and amendment of the recently approved constitution to remove elements they say could limit freedoms. EGYPT

7. A CENTENNIAL AS GRAND AS ITS NAME
Grand Central, once in danger of being demolished, is celebrating its 100th birthday with speeches, a brass band and a rollback to 1913 prices. GRAND CENTRAL CENTENNIAL

8. WHAT AEROSMITH FRONTMAN DID TO COUNTER PAPPARAZZI
Steven Tyler has been the catalyst that spurred Hawaii’s state Senate to sign a bill to protect celebrities from those pursuing the money shot. CELEBRITY PRIVACY-HAWAII

9. SINGER ADDRESSES “BEYONCE-GATE”
She admits performing to a pre-recorded track at Obama’s inauguration. But she pledges to sing live at the Super Bowl. SUPER BOWL-BEYONCE

10. WHY A POLITICAL ODD COUPLE IS BEING SHOWERED WITH PRAISE
James Carville and Mary Matalin are the faces of the host committee for New Orleans’ biggest event in years — the Super Bowl — and say they’re humbled by the gratitude of the locals. SUPER BOWL-CARVILLE & MATALIN


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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