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January 10, 2013

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

  • 1. HOW OBAMA MIGHT DRIVE GUN CONTROL

Some steps could be taken through executive action — without the approval of Congress.

  • 2. PRISONER SWAP HIGHLIGHTS A LARGER DILEMMA

Rebels and the Syrian government exchange captives, but tens of thousands of detainees are still languishing in the Assad regime’s prisons.

  • 3. A SURE SIGN THE TAX CODE IS TOO COMPLICATED

American businesses and individuals devote six billion hours a year to filing their taxes, a watchdog group calculates.

  • 4. WHY LIKELY TREASURY NOMINEE NEEDS TO WORK ON HIS PENMANSHIP

Jack Lew’s signature — which would appear on all U.S. dollar bills — amounts to little more than seven loopy scribbles.

  • 5. THE BIG CHANGE APPLE IS SAID TO BE CONSIDERING

By cutting the price of the iPhone, the tech giant could claim a larger market share in poorer countries and undercut its main rival, Google’s Android.

  • 6. HAMAS’ FLAGSHIP UNIVERSITY OFFERING DIPLOMA IN HEBREW

With Jews living next to Palestinians, “we have to understand their language,” says an official in the Isamic militant group’s government.

  • 7.  DOZENS INJURED IN TWO NEW YORK ACCIDENTS

First a commuter ferry crashes into a pier. Then a crane collapses at a construction site.

  • 8. FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS WASTE GIFT CARDS

If you’re not happy about the store your gift card is from, you have options.

  • 9. HEALTHY IS THE NEW BEAUTIFUL

A new Israeli law sets weight minimums for fashion models, with the aim of discouraging anorexia and bulimia.

  • 10. STEROIDS CAST A LONG SHADOW

For only the second time in four decades, no player is selected for baseball’s Hall of Fame.

 

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    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

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  • Jamaal Charles' Football Camp

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  • Search teams will send unmanned sub to look for missing Malaysian airliner

    Teams searching for a missing Malaysian airliner are planning for the first time to send an unmanned submarine into the depths of the Indian Ocean to look for wreckage, an Australian official leading the multi-nation search said Monday.

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  • Teens trading naked selfies for mugshots

    Will teenagers ever learn? You think yours will. Maybe so. But it's likely that was also the hope of the parents of children who were so shamed by nude photos of themselves that went south - how else can they go - that they killed themselves.

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  • Boston doctors can now prescribe you a bike

    The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that's whimsically known as "Prescribe-a-Bike." Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write "prescriptions" for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city's bike-share system, for only $5.

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  • Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 2.16.35 PM.png Are Americans smart to stop drinking diet sodas?

    Recent data from Beverage Digest suggest many are cutting back on diet sodas. Consumption of diet sodas fell more than that of sugary sodas in 2013. This raises two questions: Why is total consumption declining, and is drinking diet soda harmful to health?

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  • Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 10.43.57 AM.png VIDEO: Amazing dance moves at NCAA title game

    Eye-catching action wasn't confined to the court at AT&T Stadium Monday night during the NCAA Championship game between UConn and Kentucky. This pair -- apparently a father and son -- delighted the crowd during a timeout with some synchronized dance moves.

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  • VIDEO: White House may ban selfies

    The White House wasn't too pleased after Red Sox player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with President Obama that was later used promotionally by Samsung.

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  • Investing more money in tornado research would be a disaster

    This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would require National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration funding to focus on improving forecasts of "high impact weather events" like tornadoes and hurricanes "for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy."

    April 7, 2014

  • firefighters.jpg VIDEO: Firefighters sing song from 'Frozen' to calm girl stuck in elevator

    Firefighters in Reading, Mass., sing the Disney power ballad known by children everywhere -- "Let It Go" -- to calm a 4-year-old stuck in an elevator.

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