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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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The man who attacked a Springfield police officer responding to a dropped 911 call has been sentenced to 72 years in prison.

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Federal prosecutors have announced bank-related charges against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

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State Rep. Questions Payroll Practices for Education Secretary

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Springfield Unemployment Rate Drops to 4.3%

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The rate fell to 4.3 percent this April, compared to 5.3 percent last April.