10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Posted: Jan 05, 2016 10:26 PM
10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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

1. TREMOR SIGNALS NUKE TEST IN NORTH KOREA

A confirmed test would mark another big step toward Pyongyang's goal of building a warhead that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

2. WHY OBAMA'S GUN MOVES COULD PROVE INEFFECTIVE

The president wants tighter regulations on sellers at gun shows and flea markets. But studies show criminals are more likely to get guns directly from friends or other social connections.

3. ASSAULTS IN GERMANY SPARK FRESH MIGRATION DEBATE

Police say some suspects in the string of sex assaults and robberies during New Year's celebrations appeared to be of "Arab or North African origin."

4. WHAT RECORD EL NINO HAS TIED

The current weather pattern pulls even with the 1997-1998 El Nino as the strongest recorded, based on temperature measurements in the Pacific.

5. TWITTER APPEARS READY TO LIFT 140-CHARACTER LIMIT

Loosening the decade-old restriction on the length of tweets could make the service more appealing to a wider audience.

6. WHERE MORE NEW CARS ARE BEING SOLD THAN EVER BEFORE

Auto sales in the U.S. hit a record high of 17.47 million in 2015, topping the old record of 17.35 million set in 2000.

7. PALESTINIANS DEMANDING RETURN OF BODIES OF SUSPECTED ATTACKERS

Months after a wave of violence, Israel is still holding about a dozen bodies for security reasons.

8. WHO'LL GIVE GOP RESPONSE TO STATE OF THE UNION

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will speak for Republicans following Obama's Jan. 12 speech.

9. BARRIERS TO SELF-DRIVING CARS CONTINUE TO FALL

It's reasonable to expect cars to take over more driving tasks from humans on the way to full automation in about five years, one expert says.

10. KEN GRIFFEY JR. LIKELY SHOO-IN FOR BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

But Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other tainted stars of the Steroids Era appear unlikely to get enough votes to enter Cooperstown in Wednesday's balloting.