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10 Things to Know for Today for Friday, Jan 19

Pope in Chile, the budget bill, shackled California siblings’ escape plot

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    Pope Francis loses his skull cap, as he holds up a cross that reads in Spanish "I give you my peace" upon arrival to meet with youths at the Shrine of Maipu in Santiago, Chile, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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1. WHERE BUDGET BILL STANDS

Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend in large part over Democratic demands to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported.

2. POPE STRIKES DEFIANT TONE IN CHILE

Francis accuses victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile priest of slandering Bishop Juan Barros, calling accusations that Barros was complicit in covering up the priest's sex crimes as "all calumny."

3. PENCE THE IMPETUS FOR TRUMP POLICIES ON ISRAEL

On the eve of his trip to the Holy Land, the U.S. vice president has long advocated designating Jerusalem as Israel's capital and curtailing aid for Palestinians.

4. CITIES SEE FAILED AMAZON BIDS AS TRIAL RUNS

Cities like Detroit, Memphis, Tennessee and Gary, Indiana, say the time spent putting together juicy tax incentives, massive chunks of land and infrastructure studies were not wasted.

5. SHACKLED CALIFORNIA SIBLINGS PLOTTED ESCAPE 2 YEARS

That act of courage and desperation of a 17-year-old girl helped free her 12 siblings from a house of horrors and the parents could face life in prison.

6. THORNY GLOBAL ISSUES ABOUND A YEAR INTO TRUMP PRESIDENCY

The U.S. leader has made sharp departures from years and even decades of American foreign policy and the reverberations have been widespread.

7. ANTI-SMOKING PLAN MAY KILL CIGARETTES — AND SAVE BIG TOBACCO

The Food and Drug Administration is pushing ahead with an unprecedented plan to make cigarettes less addictive and provide lower-risk alternative products to U.S. smokers.

8. WHAT'S STILL BOOMING IN CARIBBEAN

Tourism in Cuba despite Trump's plan to starve the island's military-run economy of U.S. tourism dollars and ratchet up pressure for regime change.

9. FOR THE SOUTH, A BIG THAW

Southerners await warmer temperatures that would end days of icy roads, broken pipes, snow and numbing cold after a fierce winter storm blasted their normally mild region.

10. NO-NAMES GET ALL-STAR VOTES FROM NBA PEERS

Semi Ojeleye, Cedi Osman, Royce O'Neale, Cameron Payne and Matt Costello are just a few of the players that have gotten votes to start in the basketball showcase.

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