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Tourists in masks use mobile phone cameras to snap shots of themselves during a heavily polluted day on Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, Thursday. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 file photo, a bartender prepares alcoholic drinks at a restaurant in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger III, fourth from right, pilot who safely glided U.S. Airways Flight 1549 with155 passengers and crew to a water landing 5 years ago, join survivors and rescuers in a toast marking the anniversary of the event known as the "miracle on the Hudson," on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Taiwan's Chan Hao-ching with ice pack on her head, watches the first round match between Christina McHale of the U.S. and Chan Yung-Jan of Taiwan during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)

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

1. VATICAN FORCED TO DEFEND ITS RECORD ON CLERGY SEX ABUSE

At a U.N. hearing, a top church official acknowledges there can be "no excuse" for child abuse. The Vatican is being challenged with allegations it enabled the rape of thousands of children by protecting pedophile priests.

2. $1.1 TRILLION US BUDGET ADVANCES

The bill sweeps through the House and is on track for a big Senate vote by week's end.

3. WHICH OSCAR CATEGORY MAY GET THE MOST ATTENTION

Best actor hopefuls are especially strong, including stars like Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") and Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street").

4. OHIO PREPARES FOR EXECUTION WITH UNTRIED DRUG COCKTAIL

Intravenous doses of two drugs – a sedative and a painkiller – are set to be used in putting the inmate to death because supplies of the previous drug have dried up.

5. WHERE THE AIR IS TURNING GRAY

Beijing sees the winter's first wave of extremely dangerous pollution, with visibility reduced in the Chinese capital to several hundred yards.

6. HEAVY DRINKING SPEEDS MENTAL DECLINE, STUDY SAYS

For middle-aged men, a history of heavy drinking can hasten memory loss with aging, new research shows.

7. PILOTS, PASSENGERS MARK ANNIVERSARY OF 'MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON'

"I'm filled with joy and gratitude about what was able to be accomplished," says Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger, who five years ago gained instant fame for his extraordinary landing of US Airways flight 1549.

8. V FORMATION IS A PRECISION DRILL

While flying in the characteristic formation, birds choreograph the flapping of their wings to save energy, a study suggests.

9. WHO'S ENTERED REHAB FOR ALCOHOL ABUSE

Country singer Trace Adkins seeks medical help after canceling performances on a weeklong cruise.

10. TOSS ANOTHER TENNIS BALL ON THE BARBIE

The temperature at the Australian Open reaches 109 degrees, forcing the suspension of some matches.

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