10 things to know today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
AP Wire
Dec 31, 2013

1. OFFICIALS INSIST OLYMPIC GAMES WILL BE SAFE

They say that while Sochi is a high-profile terror target, it will also be one of the best-protected venues in the world come February.

2. WHICH STATES WIN DRONE SWEEPSTAKES

Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia are chosen to host research sites for the unmanned aircraft — and expect to reap significant economic benefits.

3. FAMILY VOWS TO SUE TO KEEP DAUGHTER ON LIFE SUPPORT

A 13-year-old girl who was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy in California will remain on a breathing machine as legal battles continue.

4. WHY MICHAEL SCHUMACHER'S SKI ACCIDENT SEEMED SO FREAKISH

The auto racing legend "gave the image of someone indestructible, powerful," fellow F1 star Alain Prost says. "It's a banal accident compared to what he's done in the past."

5. IN ISRAEL, ANGER OVER FREEING OF PALESTINIANS

The release of more than two dozen inmates is part of a U.S.-brokered package to restart Mideast peace talks.

6. WHO'S PROMISING AMERICA'S LARGEST FIREWORKS SHOW

Las Vegas says it'll welcome the new year with a cascade of pyrotechnics shot from the rooftops of seven hotel-casinos.

7. IN ERA OF ELECTRONICS, ELECTRICITY USE FALLS

Energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets have brought home power consumption in the U.S. to the lowest levels since 2001.

8. TOPS IN TECH TOUGHER TO TELL

The AP's Anick Jesdanun says competition has gotten so intense that one brand rarely stands out anymore in any tech product category.

9. 'TODAY' TAKES TRIP BACK IN TIME

NBC's morning show brings back former hosts Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley for a one-day nostalgia turn.

10. NFL COACHING CAROUSEL SPINS

With the regular season barely concluded, five head coaches are already unemployed.

Comments

Lanivan

11.) Well, it's official: America in 2013~

a.) Thirty years of the greatest wealth redistribution in American history, has resulted in record-breaking corporate profits and stock markets in 2013 - up +44.7% in a single year; stocks are up +43.2% and in the mid-16,000's. And jobs are down -.09%.

b.) Besides holding the honor of passing the fewest number of laws - 55 total in 2013 - our grotesquely dysfunctional Congress is dead last in approval ratings among key American institutions, lower than, shudder... Big Banks and Big Business.

New York Times, Steven Rattner. A year in charts.

Barry Soetoro

I think you used that copy and paste already.

Lanivan

Sorry! Some things are so good, they should be duplicated. And by the way, it's not a cut and paste, which you would know if you bothered to read the actual article.

Vladtheimp

Obamanomics!

Vladtheimp

11. Leader of trapped team insists polar ice is melting

The leader of a scientific expedition whose ship remains stranded in Antarctic ice says the team, which set out to prove climate change, is "stuck in our own experiment."

But Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales, said it was “silly” to suggest he and 73 others aboard the MV Akademic Shokalskiy were trapped in ice they’d sought to prove had melted. He remained adamant that sea ice is melting, even as the boat remained trapped in frozen seas.

“We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

- Professor Chris Turney, leader of trapped expedition

"We're stuck in our own experiment," the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement. We came to Antarctica to study how one of the biggest icebergs in the world has altered the system by trapping ice. We ... are now ourselves trapped by ice surrounding our ship.

"Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up," the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement.

Barry Soetoro

The good “scientist” may be asphyxiated on the fumes of the diesel they’re burning to stay alive. How rich is that?

Lanivan

The sputterin' and eye-rollin' of the right-wingers over this story is so typical. There have been numerous studies of the Antarctic ice sheets that show that vast areas are melting at record rates, and in other areas, ice is expanding. Antarctica covers a vast area that is always in a state of flow and flux, but overall, it's clear that the Antarctic Circumpolar Current is warming more rapidly than the global ocean as a whole.

That's the whole key to climate change - the speed with which the earth is warming creating climate extremes, and the degree to which man-made factors influence that speed and those extremes.

Vladtheimp

12. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry apologizes for attack on Mitt Romney's adopted black grandson

Lanivan

What was she thinking? Reminds me of the Karl Rove tactics during the Bush-McCain 2000 primaries when they smeared McCain regarding his adopted black daughter, suggesting she was his biological, not adoptive, daughter.

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