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10 things to know for Thursday, Jan. 9: N.J. governor fires aide, apologizes for traffic jams

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Associated Press
January 9, 2014

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

1. NJ GOVERNOR FIRES AIDE, APOLOGIZES FOR TRAFFIC JAMS

Chris Christie apologized to his constituents and said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by his staff.

2. OBAMA MAY DIAL BACK PHONE SURVEILLANCE 

The president is also considering restricting the NSA's monitoring of foreign leaders as part of proposed intelligence changes.

3. TODDLER PLACED IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY

A diaper-clad boy who was cursed at by at least three adults and encouraged to curse in a video posted online has been removed from his Nebraska home.

4. MEDICS DETAIL HARASSMENT BY TURKISH AUTHORITIES 

Several doctors who treated demonstrators during last summer's Taksim Square upheaval tell the AP they were assaulted with tear gas and pressured to reveal the names of patients.

5. WHAT LED TO RODMAN'S OUTBURST 

The ex-NBA star apologizes, and says he had been drinking before a TV interview in which he faulted an American missionary being held captive in North Korea.

6. COMPANIES MAKE GOOD ON CALORIE-CUTTING PLEDGE — AND THEN SOME 

Some of the biggest food companies in the U.S. have cut calories in their products by more than 6.4 trillion — more than four times the amount they had promised.

7. WHERE FORCED ABORTIONS ARE CONSIDERED ACCEPTABLE 

The procedures are one way China enforces its population limits.

8. FIRST DEATH FROM H5N1 BIRD FLU RECORDED IN NORTH AMERICA 

Officials say the victim was traveling from China to Canada when the symptoms appeared, and that the risk to the general public is very low.

9. WHICH DAYTIME TV HOST IS A REAL PEOPLE PERSON 

Ellen DeGeneres wins her 14th People's Choice award — the most for a female entertainer.

10. ALL WRESTLING, ALL THE TIME 

WWE — following the lead of the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB — is launching an around-the-clock TV network.



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