10 Things To Know For Thursday


1. U.N. CHIEF DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON GAYS   Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against homosexuals, an issue that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics. SOCHI-UN LEADER  

2. HOW PONTIFF MAY RESPOND TO U.N. REPORT ON ABUSE   In a first, Vatican officials suggest Pope Francis may sanction bishops for having covered up for abusive priests. VATICAN-UN-ABUSE  

3. FEARS OF SLOWDOWN SHARPEN FOCUS ON HIRING   A robust U.S. jobs report Friday would help soothe those jitters. ECONOMY-JOBS  

4. HOW HAGEL IS DEALING WITH ETHICAL LAPSES IN MILITARY   The defense secretary orders Pentagon leaders to "put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force." MILITARY ETHICS  

5. WHAT THE FALLOUT IS FROM LATEST NORTHEAST STORM   Hundreds of thousands of residents may be without power for days as utility crews work feverishly to restore electricity. WINTER WEATHER  

6. FAA TO EXAMINE AIRPORT TOWERS   AP's Jessica Gresko finds the agency will probe the lightning protection systems at hundreds of towers after a bolt injured an air traffic controller in Baltimore. AIRPORT TOWERS-LIGHTNING  

7. CALIFORNIA TOWN'S WATER SHORTAGE STOKES FEARS OF FUTURE   With the Golden State in an extreme drought, water supplies in some northern rural areas are imperiled as reservoirs dwindle and local streams dry up. CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS  

8. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN REMEMBERED   Broadway theaters dim their lights in memory of the Tony Award-nominated actor as members of the theater community hold a candlelight vigil. THEATER-HOFFMAN  

9. LOOK WHO'S TURNING 50   G.I. Joe, called the world's first action figure, is being celebrated by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the Vietnam War. GI JOE TURNS 50  

10. WHO'S EXPANDING ITS NFL COVERAGE   CBS wins the NFL Network's rights to air eight Thursday night games next season. NFL-THURSDAY NIGHTS