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10 for today: Thursday, Jan. 9

10 for today: Thursday, Jan. 9

BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER: The George Washington Bridge is at the center of a controversy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Photo: Associated Press

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

1. NJ GOVERNOR’S OFFICE LINKED TO TRAFFIC JAM SCANDAL

Chris Christie denies involvement in a road shutdown apparently engineered to punish a Democratic mayor.

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. SUICIDE BOMBER STRIKES IN BAGHDAD

The attack — likely retaliation for the Iraqi government’s campaign to retake two cities overrun by al-Qaida militants — kills at least 12.

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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