10 Things to know for Wednesday, Jan. 30

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

1. NRA, GIFFORDS HUSBAND TO DEBATE GUNS
A Senate committee is holding Congress’ first hearing on gun control since the Newtown shootings. GUN CONTROL-CONGRESS

2. AIRLINES HAD EARLY TROUBLE WITH DREAMLINER BATTERIES
Two Japan airlines said they replaced the lithium-ion batteries multiple times before an overheating incident led to a worldwide grounding of the Boeing jets. JAPAN-BOEING 787

3. WHAT CAUSED THE BRAZIL NIGHTCLUB FIRE
Flammable foam on the ceiling, just one exit and no sprinkler systems helped fuel the blaze that killed 234. Brazil has no laws banning the safety lapses. BRAZIL-NIGHTCLUB FIRE

4. OBAMA VOWS TO FAST-TRACK IMMIGRATION
He says he’ll send his own legislation to Capitol Hill if lawmakers don’t act quickly. IMMIGRATION

5. JUDGE OKS RECORD $4B PENALTY FOR GULF SPILL
Oil giant BP PLC pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers. GULF OIL SPILL-SETTLEMENT

6. SYRIA IS BEING DESTROYED BIT BY BIT’
International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi says the UN Security Council needs to help forge a compromise as aid officials were to ask for up to $1.5 billion in aid today. UN-SYRIA

7. KERRY BREEZES TO CONFIRMATION AS SEC’Y OF STATE
Even Republicans praise him as Clinton’s ideal successor. KERRY-STATE

8. WHY NEW ORLEANS POLICE ARE NERVOUS
The city has to be secure for 150,000 Super Bowl visitors and the thousands of revelers flooding in to celebrate Mardi Gras. SUPER BOWL SECURITY

9. WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THE NEW BLACKBERRY
The Blackberry 10 debuting today is faster and lets users keep their work and personal identities separate on the same phone. BLACKBERRY-MAKEOVER

10. A-ROD SNARED IN DOPING SCANDAL
A Miami newspaper says records show the three-time AL MVP used a now-defunct clinic to buy performance-enhancing drugs. MLB-DRUG INVESTIGATION


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.



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