Ten for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. HOW ‘AFFLUENZA’ TEEN SAID FAREWELL
Eighteen-year-old Ethan Couch had something “akin to a going-away party” before traveling to Mexico with his mother, as authorities in Texas were investigating whether he had violated his probation, the sheriff says.
2. IRAN ACCUSED OF CONDUCTING ROCKET TESTS NEAR WARSHIPS
The U.S. says the tests were conducted in the Strait of Hormuz as an American aircraft carrier and other vessels were nearby.
3. FEARS MOUNT AS MISSISSIPPI RIVER RISES
Hundreds of homes could be threatened by rare winter flooding already blamed for 18 deaths in Illinois and Missouri.
4. WHERE AMERICANS DRAW LINE ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
They place a higher priority on preserving the freedom of Christians than other faith groups – and rank Muslims as the least deserving of the protections, an AP-NORC poll shows.
5. NORTH KOREA SAYS SENIOR OFFICIAL KILLED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
The lack of further detail about the wreck feeds speculation in South Korean media that Kim Yang Gon’s death was suspicious.
6. CHICAGO POLICEMAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN SHOOTING OF BLACK TEEN
Jason Van Dyke, who is white, wants to tell his side of what happened so he’s not seen “as this cold-blooded killer” of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, his attorney says.
7. FORMER CHILEAN SOLDIERS CONFESS TO ATROCITIES
The recent public confessions may be a sign that military pacts of silence are coming undone 40 years after Pinochet’s bloody dictatorship.
8. HILLARY CLINTON STIFFENS RHETORIC AGAINST EXTREMISTS
She says there’s now enough evidence to label as “genocide” the Islamic State group’s persecution of Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities in the Mideast.
9. WHY SNOOP DOGG, OTHER ENTREPRENEURS ARE STARTING OWN LINES OF MARIJUANA
As the fast-growing industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream business, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.
10. WHAT LED TO CHIP KELLY’S FIRING IN PHILADELPHIA
The head coach made a number of splashy moves after gaining full control of the Eagles’ personnel decisions last offseason. But several of the moves backfired.