By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EST):
1. NORTH KOREA CONDUCTS THIRD NUCLEAR TEST
North Korea called the detonation its “first response” to what it described as U.S. threats.
2. WHO WILL SUCCEED THE POPE
A conservative cardinal in Milan and several contenders from Latin America and Ghana have been mentioned.
3. BENEDICT SURPRISES BY SAYING HE’S TOO OLD TO CONTINUE
The AP’s Victor L. Simpson reports the 85-year-old pontiff chose to step down rather than suffer a long decline like his predecessor.
4. MONEY STILL A KEY WORRY
Obama plans to focus on the economy and job creation in his State of the Union speech at 9 p.m.
5. WHY SOCCER IS BECOMING THE DIRTY GAME
An AP investigation finds at least 50 nations had match-fixing probes last year.
6. REBELS CAPTURE AIR BASE IN NORTHERN SYRIA
Opposition fighters won their second strategic victory in as many days in their uprising against Assad.
7. HAGEL FACES SENATE VOTE
Democrats are calling a committee vote for the defense secretary nominee, rejecting Republican demands for more financial information.
8. GANG MEMBERS CHARGED WITH SHOOTING TEEN WHO SANG AT INAUGURATION
Chicago police say the two men mistook Hadiya Pendleton and her friends for members of a rival gang.
9. COMEDIAN’S SISTER DETAINED WHILE PRAYING AT ISRAEL’S WESTERN WALL
Sarah Silverman’s sister Susan, a Jerusalem rabbi, was stopped because she was wearing religious clothing that Orthodox Judaism reserves for men only.
10. WHAT WESTMINSTER WON’T TOLERATE: PERFORMANCE-ENHANCED DOGS
That means no cosmetic surgery and no steroids. “It goes against the spirit of showing dogs,” club President Sean McCarthy says.