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10 things to know for Thursday, Jan. 16: Vatican forced to defend its record on clergy sex abuse

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Associated Press
January 16, 2014

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, as the Vatican faces 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 CREATE THE MOST BUZZ 

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

4. 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.

5. OHIO PREPARES FOR EXECUTION WITH UNTRIED DRUG COCKTAIL

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

6. WHERE THE AIR HAS TURNED GRAY 

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

7. HEAVY DRINKING SPEEDS MENTAL DECLINE, STUDY SAYS 

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

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 the several performances on a weeklong cruise.

10. TOSS ANOTHER TENNIS BALL ON THE BARBIE 

The temperature at the Australian Open reaches 108 degrees, forcing the suspension of some matches.



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