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10 things to know for today, Jan. 7

By The Associated Press

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

1. TAIL OF MISSING AIRASIA PLANE FOUND IN JAVA SEA

Divers and an unmanned underwater vehicle spot a piece of wreckage, which could lead to Flight 8501’s black boxes, 10 days after it disappeared. INDONESIA-PLANE

2. TERROR ATTACK STRIKES YEMEN

A suicide bomber driving a minibus with explosives kills at least 30 people as cadets gathered near a police academy in the capital, Sanaa, officials and witnesses say. YEMEN

3. WHAT MAY BE SOON FLYING OVERHEAD

AP’s Scott Mayerowitz says drones are coming to help spray crops, inspect high-voltage power lines and hover over movie sets. But for now, these ideas remain theoretical. DRONE REVOLUTION

4. OBAMA’S APPROVAL RATING CREEPS UPWARD

The president’s challenge now is figuring out how to prevent this momentum from being more than just a blip on the radar. OBAMA

5. FEDS TO PROBE VA SHOOTING IN TEXAS

The FBI will question patients at an El Paso veterans’ hospital who may have witnessed a shooting that left two people dead, including the suspected gunman. VA HOSPITAL SHOOTINGS

6. HOW ONE MAN HOPES TO WIN HEARTS AND MINDS

Mohamed Ahmed, a convenience store manager from Minneapolis, uses cartoons to dissuade youths from taking up arms for extremist groups. AVERAGE MOHAMED

7. WHAT IS ALL THE RAGE ABOUT NUTS

The Korean Air Lines executive who kicked a crew member off a flight for serving her nuts in a bag instead of on a dish faces official charges. SKOREA-KOREAN AIR-NUT RAGE

8. DON’T SOUND THE DEATH KNELL FOR THE PC JUST YET

Tablets haven’t yet put PCs out to pasture and manufacturers are trying to make sure the PC stays relevant in a mobile-happy world. GADGET SHOW-CHANGING PCS

9. WHO’S BACK ON STAGE

For the first time since November, Bill Cosby performs in Canada and the reception is certain to be mixed for the embattled comedian. CANADA-BILL COSBY

10. WHERE THE HALL OF FAME FOCUS IS TURNING

Baseball writers will consider Ken Griffey Jr., Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner for enshrinement in Cooperstown next January.

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Elections

Local Democrats call to ‘turn the state blue’ during virtual office reopening

Education

Catawba gets high marks in U.S. News and World rankings for fifth year

Business

China Grove soap store sets sights on expansion into Kannapolis

News

Charlotte, UNC game canceled after 49ers place players in quarantine

Crime

Blotter: Sept. 18

Coronavirus

County sees ninth COVID-19 death this week, more than 30 cases reported

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper announces schools can move K-5 to plan A; school board vote needed locally

Local

Wet weather brings crashes, traffic to standstill on interstate

Crime

Salisbury man victim of Facebook scam, duped out of $2,000

Crime

Two charged after fight outside Salisbury home

Education

Rowan-Salisbury Schools ships out thousands of old devices for refurbishing

Education

Caught in the infodemic: NC school policies frustrated by scientific challenges

East Spencer

East Spencer to hold community day, provide free food, supplies

Education

Shoutouts

Landis

Landis officials provide plan for COVID-19 funds, discuss town’s financial position

Education

Blattner brought technology into schools before it was cool

Education

State has slight decline in SAT scores

Local

New environmental specialists begin work on backlog soil evaluations

Local

Friends, colleagues say Seay left his mark on Rowan judicial system

Elections

Rep. Howard says ‘still work to be done’ as she seeks 17th term in House

Nation/World

Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

Nation/World

‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin

Nation/World

At least 1 dead, hundreds rescued after Hurricane Sally

Crime

Blotter: Sheriff’s Office seeking information in shootout