Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. OBAMA ZEROES IN ON GUN VIOLENCE
During a televised town hall, he makes the case for tighter gun controls, while hearing claims by opponents of such rules that he's trying to take away people's Second Amendment rights.
2. KNIFE-WIELDING MAN IN FAKE EXPLOSIVES VEST KILLED BY POLICE IN PARIS
The deadly confrontation — coming a year almost to the minute after the Charlie Hebdo massacre — jolts the already anxious French capital.
3. WE'RE NUMBER 3!
Cruz and Trump are the favorites in Iowa. But among the rest of the GOP field, whoever finishes third will get a boost heading into the New Hampshire primary.
4. WHY CHINA ECONOMIC TUMULT WORRIES INVESTORS
A slowdown in China is seen as a threat because the country has been the main engine of global economic growth for years, particularly during the Great Recession.
5. KERRY: IRAN POSSIBLY 'DAYS AWAY' FROM COMPLYING WITH NUKE DEAL
Compliance would compel the U.S. and other Western nations to immediately suspend many sanctions on the Islamic republic.
6. WHERE HATS AND GLOVES WILL COME IN HANDY
In North America, the spine-chilling polar vortex is about to elbow the wet and warm El Nino out of the spotlight for a while.
7. OBSTACLES TO FACT-CHECKING PYONGYANG'S H-BOMB CLAIM
Many of the key radioactive isotopes from a nuclear test break down quickly, which will make it difficult, after days or weeks, to determine the type of weapon tested.
8. WHAT MAKES BREAKING UP LESS HARD TO DO
Most Americans think making a clean break with an ex helps speed healing after a split, according to an AP-WE tv poll.
9. EGGS GET BOOST
The Obama administration's latest dietary guidelines say more eggs may be OK — despite years of advice to the contrary.
10. WHO'S RETURNING TO SUPER BOWL HALFTIME STAGE
Beyonce, who headlined the halftime show in 2013, will perform along with Coldplay during the Feb. 7 game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.