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Around the world: 10 things to know Friday

January 18, 2013
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. NOT AS EASY AS RIDING A BIKE

During TV interview, Lance Armstrong acknowledges what he has lied about repeatedly for years: He doped. ARMSTRONG-THE INTERVIEW

2. ALGERIA STANDOFF NOT OVER

Britain says the hostage crisis "remains ongoing" after an Algerian raid on the gas plant to wipe out Islamists and free their captives from at least 10 countries turned deadly. ALGERIA-KIDNAPPING

3. HOW THE GROUNDING OF 787s MAY IMPACT BOEING

The maker of the technologically advanced Dreamliner faces an uncertain future, depending on how fliers react to its mechanical woes. BOEING 787-PASSENGERS

4. WHAT NEW TOOL THOSE WITH FOOD ALLERGIES HAVE

Legal challenges under the federal disabilities law. And that could impact menus offered by schools, restaurants and anyone else that serves food. FOOD ALLERGIES-DISABILITIES

5. WHY THE GOP WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier to win — and the proposed change appears to be gaining momentum. REPUBLICANS-ELECTORAL COLLEGE

6. WHAT WOULD MAKE PALESTINIANS DESPONDENT IF NETANYAHU'S REELECTED

They fear the Israeli hardliner's plans for settlement construction over the next four years could prove lethal to their dreams of a state. PALESTINIANS-ISRAELI VOTE

7. OBAMA'S UNPRECEDENTED MOVE TO KICKSTART AGENDA

The president's political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind his second term agenda. OBAMA-OUTSIDE GROUP

8. NOTRE DAME STAR PERPETUATED TALE OF "GIRLFRIEND"

An AP review finds that Manti Te'o talked about his doomed love in interviews not once but twice after the day he and the university say he learned that she never existed. NOTRE DAME-TE'O

9. A SOMBER REOPENING FOR COLORADO MOVIE THEATER

Some Aurora victims recount how gunman James Holmes massacred 12 people; others refuse to even set foot in the former Century 16 theater. COLORADO SHOOTING-THEATER REOPENS

10. KEY TO THE ENDURING APPEAL OF "DEAR ABBY"

"There wasn't a subject my mother wouldn't take on," says Jeanne Phillips, who now writes the famous column, following the death of Abby (real name: Pauline Friedman Phillips) at age 94. DEAR ABBY-LEGACY

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