10 Things to Know for Today

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FILE - In a Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 file photo, gun violence protesters participate in a lie-in during an anti-gun rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Nearly six in 10 Americans want stricter gun laws in the aftermath of last month's deadly school shooting in Connecticut, with majorities favoring a nationwide ban on military-style, rapid-fire weapons and limits on gun violence depicted in video games and movies and on TV, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. A lopsided 84 percent of adults would like to see the establishment of a federal standard for background checks for people buying guns at gun shows, the poll showed. President Barack Obama was set Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 to unveil a wide-ranging package of steps for reducing gun violence expected to include a proposed ban on assault weapons, limits on the capacity of ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun sales.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. SENATE CONTROL IS TOP MIDTERM PRIZE

President Obama isn't on the ballot but his policies are--and the GOP says this election is a referendum on his administration.

2. GOVERNORSHIPS MAY BE SOLE BRIGHT SPOT FOR DEMOCRATS

In an otherwise bleak season, governor races in three dozen states could be where the president's party stems losses.

3. TWO NUCLEAR COMMANDERS FIRED, ANOTHER DISCIPLINED

The action taken by the U.S. Air Force is fresh evidence of leadership lapses in a nuclear missile corps that has suffered a rash of recent setbacks, including the firing last year of its top commander.

4. HOW THE RIGHT-TO-DIE CONVERSATION COULD EVOLVE

Brittany Maynard's last days brought the subject to the spotlight, but legislative changes may face a skeptical political reality.

5. WHITE HOUSE ACKNOWLEDGES FERGUSON NO-FLY ZONE

The restrictions on airspace the U.S. government put in place over violent street protest in Missouri should not have stopped news organization helicopters that wanted to operate in the area, officials say.

6. WHERE RICH SYRIANS ESCAPE FROM THE HORRORS OF WAR

The party scene in Damascus provides much-needed relief for the country's upper classes who also visit malls and amusement parks to evade the monotony of the conflict.

7. WHY THE WEALTH GAP ISN'T CAUSING UNREST IN THE EMIRATES

The oil-wealthy federation provides all its citizens with jobs, tax-free income and world-class health care.

8. OLD ENGLISH PORT TRYING TO STOP ISLAMIC STATE JIHADIS

Portsmouth, whose history is intertwined with the glory days of the British Empire, is now trying to stem the flow of Muslim Britons who want to join the terrorist group.

9. CO-HOST OF NPR'S CAR TALK DIES AT 77

Tony Magliozzi, an unlikely radio star on the serious national network, dished out humorous banter and mechanic wisdom with his brother for almost four decades.

10. TAYLOR SWIFT YANKS MUSIC PORTFOLIO FROM SPOTIFY

The streaming music service stopped using her songs Monday, setting up a business struggle between the industry's most popular artist and the leading purveyor of a new music distribution system.

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