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Seoul and Pyongyang meet, legal pot and Trump role in Sessions recusal are among AP's 10 things to know today

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    Dolls mascot of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, white tiger "Soohorang" are seen at the shop in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The rival Koreas will sit down for their first formal talks in more than two years next week to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics in the South and to improve their abysmal ties, Seoul officials said Friday. While a positive sign after last year's threats of nuclear war, the Koreas have a long history of failing to move past their deep animosity. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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    Budtender Austin Pitts, right, assists a customer inside the Harborside cannabis dispensary Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has rescinded an Obama-era policy that paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, creating new confusion about enforcement and use just three days after a new legalization law went into effect in California. (AP Photo/Terry Chea)

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    Manatees huddle up at the Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Fla., to stay warm in the natural spring on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Three Sisters Springs is part of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and is a manatee sanctuary in the winter where Manatees swim to escape the cold water. As Florida experiences unusually cold temperatures and even snow in some parts, wildlife officials are keeping a close eye on vulnerable manatees and sea turtles. (Luis Santana/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

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

1. WHAT TRUMP HAD LAWYER DO

The president directed his White House counsel to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, a source tells AP.

2. SMALL BUT SIGNIFICANT BREAKTHROUGH ON KOREAN PENINSULA

Seoul and Pyongyang meeting face-to-face next week is a positive sign after last year's spiraling threats of nuclear war, but the Koreas have a long history of failing to move past their deep historical animosity.

3. ANOTHER REASON THEY'RE PROTESTING IN IRAN

Chants are going up against the military's involvement in Syria, as demonstrators say Tehran is sending its young men to fight and die in Syria and spending billions of dollars on the military.

4. EAST COAST RESIDENTS BRACE FOR DEEP FREEZE

Record-breaking cold air is forecast a day after a massive winter storm slammed the region with heavy snow, hurricane-force winds and coastal flooding.

5. INDEPENDENT EXPERTS DUBIOUS TO OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN

They cite strong opposition — even from Republicans — to some ocean drilling and question whether oil companies will invest in expensive new projects when there are abundant reserves in shale on the U.S. mainland.

6. FEDERAL POT POLICY CHANGE SPARKS CONFUSION, CRACKDOWN FEARS

The buzz kill long dreaded in the marijuana industry came just days after California opened what is expected to be the world's largest legal pot market.

7. ISLAMIC PRAYER ACTIVISTS BRING NEW DAWN TO GAZA

Hamas-linked religious activists launch a new campaign in the Gaza Strip, bringing Islamic call to prayers to residents' doorstep.

8. HOW TO COMBAT HIGHER CABLE BILLS

You can threaten to ditch your cable company in hopes of getting a discount or cut the cord altogether and subscribe to online services like YouTube TV, DirecTV Now and Sling TV.

9. 'JEOPARDY' HOST HAS SURGERY FOR BLOOD CLOTS ON BRAIN

Alex Trebek, 77, assured fans in a Facebook video he'd be back reading clues to contestants soon.

10. SERENA WILLIAMS SKIPPING AUSTRALIAN OPEN

The 23-time major champion says she's not in top form and decided not to defend her title at Melbourne Park four months after giving birth to her first child.



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