10 Things to know for Wednesday, Jan. 16

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. OBAMA-GUN CONTROL

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. AP POLL-GUN CONTROL

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. BRITAIN-HELICOPTER CRASH

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. JAPAN-BOEING 787

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. ARMSTRONG-OPRAH

6. HOW HEALTHY ARE ENERGY DRINKS
A government survey says ER visits tied to their consumption doubled over the past four years. ENERGY DRINKS-EMERGENCY ROOMS

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. COLLEGE SPORTS-COSTS

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. CHICAGO AIRPORT-HEADS FOUND

9. FIND IT ON FACEBOOK
The social network, aiming to compete better with Google and other rivals, unveils a new search feature. FACEBOOK-SEARCH

10. WHY ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ HAS HIGH RATINGS HOPES
The show, which returns Wednesday, is shelling out $36 million for superstar judges. TV-AMERICAN IDOL


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

 



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