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10 for today: Tuesday, Jan. 7

10 for today: Tuesday, Jan. 7

DEEP FREEZE: U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Jamie Jasmon struggles through snow and below zero temperatures while delivering the mail Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. A whirlpool of frigid, dense air known as a "polar vortex" descended into much of the U.S. and plunged temperatures to record lows. Photo: Associated Press/Seth Perlman

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

1. DEEP FREEZE TARGETS EAST, SOUTH

The highs might reach just the single digits in Georgia and Alabama, while the Midwest continues to shiver in the record-setting chill.

2. WHAT’S AHEAD AT THE FED FOR YELLEN

Many economists think the new chair’s big challenge will be deciding how to ease off some steps that Bernanke took to cure the Great Recession.

3. RAPES BECOMING A BIGGER POLITICAL ISSUE IN INDIA

With general elections approaching, a 16-year-old’s death is triggering protests and finger-pointing along with demands to make women’s safety a priority.

4. UNEMPLOYMENT BILL TOPS CONGRESS’ LIST

Democratic supporters of the three-month extension say they are close to the 60 votes needed to advance the White House-backed bill.

5. PIONEERING MOVIE PRODUCER RUN RUN SHAW DIES AT 107

His Hong Kong studio popularized the kung fu genre, churned out nearly 1,000 movies and launched lots of careers — but he let Bruce Lee get away.

6. WHO’S TRYING TO GET HIS PENSION BACK

Jerry Sandusky is expected to participate by video in a hearing seeking to get back the benefit revoked after his child molestation conviction.

7. INTEL SAYS ITS PROCESSORS ARE NOW ‘CONFLICT-FREE’

The company has been working to make sure it’s not using minerals from mines held by armed groups in Congo.

8. CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN HOMELESS MAN’S DEATH

Trial is nearing its end in the case of a California man who died after a confrontation with police captured in surveillance video.

9. A NEW PERFORMER FOR ‘SNL’

Sasheer Zamata will join “Saturday Night Live” when new episodes start this month, only the fifth black woman on the cast since 1975.

10. WINSTON SAVES BEST FOR BIGGEST

The Heisman winning Florida State quarterback struggled for much of the BCS championship — then put together the drive of his life in a 34-31 win over Auburn.

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Aldermen Want Public Input on Medical Marijuana Zoning Rules

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The public will likely get a chance to weigh in on potential zoning changes as medical marijuana rules take effect.

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Rauner: Fight Over Term Limits is Not Over

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Rauner is publicly calling upon Illinois' appellate and Supreme Courts to approve a term limit referendum

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Some Lawmakers Hopeful School Funding Bill Sees the Light of Day This Fall

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Proposal would base funding on need, not student population

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Possibly Armed Man Smashes Bus Window, Runs into West Side Hotel

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Springfield Police are investigating what they say was an "agitated man" on an SMTD bus.

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Illinois Confirms First Human West Nile Case

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The state has its first human case of West Nile virus of the year.