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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

Posted: January 7, 2014 8:00 a.m.
Updated: January 7, 2014 8:00 a.m.
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. JANET YELLEN CONFIRMED TO LEAD FED

Senators voted 56-26 in favor of Yellen, who will be the first woman to lead the 100-year-old bank.

2. LESS THAN ZERO

Temperatures plunge toward record lows in the Midwest, halting normal routines for many, and bringing travel to a standstill for others, with 187 million feeling the "polar vortex."

3. SUPREME COURT HALTS GAY MARRIAGE IN UTAH

Wedding vows come to a screeching halt as the thousands of couples rushing to say "I do" find themselves suddenly in legal limbo.

4. UNEMPLOYMENT BILL TOPS CONGRESS' LIST

Democratic supporters of the three-month extension say they are close to the 60 votes needed to advance the White House-backed bill.

5. Al-QAIDA ESCALATES CHALLENGE TO IRAQ RULER

With Fallujah under siege, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urges residents to drive out the militants, perhaps preparing for military action.

6. CLASHES SPREAD BETWEEN SYRIAN REBELS, AL-QAIDA GROUP

The rebel-on-rebel fighting in the city of Raqqa reflects a widening war within a war in Syria, this one against radical extremists.

7. EGYPT'S NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY WIDENS REACH

Some activists fear that the agency — once feared as a pillar of the police state under autocrat Hosni Mubarak — is reclaiming a major role amid militant violence and a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

8. WHO NBC HIRES FOR SNL

Criticized for lack of diversity, "Saturday Night Live" adds a black woman, Sasheer Zamata, to its cast.

9. HOW DENNIS RODMAN SEES HIS LATEST N. KOREA TRIP

The former NBA star calls the exhibition game he organized a "birthday present" for leader Kim Jung Un and the enigmatic country.

10. DETAILS ANNOUNCED IN $765M PLAN FOR NFL CONCUSSIONS

The planned awards could reach $5 million for athletes with Lou Gehrig's disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases, lawyers say.

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