-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. BLIZZARD THREATENS NORTHEAST
Up to 2 feet of snow is feared and residents from Pennsylvania to Maine are rushing to stock up on food, shovels and other supplies. Airlines have canceled thousands of flights.
2. SEARCH FOR EX-LAPD OFFICER TURNS TO CALIF. MOUNTAINS
The focus of police efforts shifts to the snowy mountains around Big Bear Lake, where they found shooting suspect Chris Dorner's burned-out pickup truck and tracks leading away from the vehicle.
3. COMPROMISE SOUGHT FOR GUN CONTROL
In a move that could add momentum to Obama's gun control plan, some senators are quietly trying to reach a deal on expanding the requirement for gun-sale background checks.
4. WHY PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE IS GAINING MOMENTUM
Connecticut is one of six states where proponents say they see strong support for allowing doctors to help mentally competent, dying individuals take their own lives.
5. BRENNAN'S TAKE ON DRONES MAY SPUR CHANGE
The CIA Director-designate's defense of drone strikes to kill terror suspects is causing key lawmakers to consider lifting secrecy about the program and push to regulate its use.
6. POLISH TRANSGENDER LAWMAKER LOSES SHOT AT TOP POST
Anna Grodzka lost her chance to become a deputy speaker in Parliament after lawmakers voted to keep an incumbent in place.
7. AFTER BRAZIL CLUB FIRE, NATION BRACES FOR CARNIVAL
Carnival festivities hit full stride and nearly all of the nightspots shut down last week are open again, raising questions about safety.
8. DEADLY BOMBINGS STRIKE IRAQ
In the latest in a series of attacks by insurgents seeking to re-ignite sectarian violence, four car bombs strike two outdoor markets, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens.
9. AFTER MONOPOLY SNUB, THE IRON ENDURES
When online voters nixed the clothes iron token from the Hasbro game, the appliance was deemed passé. But the iron is holding its own, with solid sales and a loyal fan base.
10. "WALK THIS WAY"
AP's Anita Hofschneider reports that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plans to attend a legislative hearing in Hawaii that would limit the freedom of paparazzi