, Port Arthur, Texas

February 13, 2013

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

A single gunshot was heard from a mountain cabin before it went up in flames — and a charred body was found inside.

In his State of the Union address, the president calls increasing employment his “North Star.”

The blasts put young leader Kim Jong Un and his advisers right where they want to be: at the center of the world’s attention.

The race for the Vatican’s top post has one strict taboo: No one can openly seek the job.

A sharply divided Armed Services Committee votes 14-11 to send Obama’s pick for defense secretary to the full Senate.

Completing the deal for the owner of NBC should make Comcast less vulnerable to rising TV programming costs.

Passengers say luxurious vessel has become a “shantytown” in the Gulf of Mexico, with lousy ventilation and non-functioning toilets.

A study of older people with small kidney tumors found they lived longer if doctors monitored the growths instead of operating right away.

The 5-year-old affenpinscher Banana Joe edged a 20-month-old English sheepdog to win best in show.

The sport ranked “low” in several categories, including popularity with the public at the London Games and the global TV audience.