10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Posted: Jan 12, 2016 9:54 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. WHY POLITICAL MESSAGE IS PART OF OBAMA'S STATE OF UNION

Much of what he has done, both in the U.S. and abroad, could be wiped away by a Republican president, increasing his imperative to keep his party in the White House.

2. IRAN HOLDING 10 AMERICAN SAILORS

The Navy sailors are picked up after two small U.S. boats suffer mechanical problems and drift into Iranian waters.

3. NFL FOOTBALL RETURNING TO LA

The St. Louis Rams are moving back to Los Angeles and the San Diego Chargers will have the option to join them in a shared stadium.

4. IAAF WAS WARNED OF DOPING CRISIS EARLY ON

Track and field's governing body knew of out-of-control doping by Russian athletes — but waited six years to bar them from competition, according to internal documents obtained by the AP.

5. WHO'S BEEN FREED FROM TEXAS PRISON

The mother of a fugitive teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving wreck is released on $75,000 bond.

6. OIL GROWS EVER CHEAPER

The price of crude falls another 3 percent to $30.44 a barrel — its lowest level in 12 years.

7. HOW US AUTO MARKET IS CHANGING

With gasoline hovering around $2 a gallon, car companies are having a hard time selling fuel-efficient small cars, hybrids and electrics.

8. POWERBALL PLAYERS GO TO GREAT LENGTHS FOR TICKETS

Six states don't participate in Powerball, including Hawaii and Alaska. So people there need to cross an ocean or mountains to reach a lottery kiosk.

9. WHERE STARBUCKS SEES BIG OPPORTUNITY

The Seattle company says it expects China to eventually overtake the U.S. as the coffee chain's largest market.

10. HALL OF FAMER MONTE IRVIN DIES AT 96

The power-hitting outfielder starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players.