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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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Crime

Blotter: Man accused of stealing car, crashing it

Crime

Man faces new charge of attempted murder for father’s shooting

BREAKING NEWS

Gov. Cooper lifts indoor mask mandate for most situations, gathering limits

Crime

Barnes gets new punishment of two life sentences in Tutterow couple’s 1992 murder

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

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Coronavirus

Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid

Nation/World

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Local

Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart

News

GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire

News

Black high school softball player told to cut hair

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday

News

Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases

Local

‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack

Business

Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store

Local

Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem

Education

West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant