10 things to know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. RUSSIAN SCIENTISTS SAY YASSER ARAFAT DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES
The Federal Medical and Biological Agency says it found no indication that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium.
2. WHY JAPAN LEADER'S SHRINE VISIT IRKS ASIAN NEIGHBORS
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a shrine honoring the country's World War II dead has spurred rebukes from China and South Korea, who say it glorifies Japan's militaristic past.
3. SILENT NIGHT, DARK NIGHT FOR SOME IN U.S., CANADA
Thousands of people left without electricity due to ice storms since Saturday might not get power restored until Friday.
4. ANNIVERSARY OF MAO'S BIRTHDAY MARKED WITH UNDERSTATEMENT IN CHINA
Communist Party leaders pay tribute to Mao Zedong on the 120th anniversary of his birth, calling him a "proletarian revolutionary," and censors work to remove criticism of him from social media.
5. HOW AMERICANS ARE FEELING ABOUT 2013
A new AP poll indicates that almost half, or 46 percent, of respondents feel 2013 was about the same for them as 2012, 20 percent say it was worse, and 32 percent say it was better.
6. ABDUCTED AID WORKER'S PLEA FOR HELP
Warren Weinstein, the 72-year-old American development worker kidnapped from Pakistan in 2011, has appeared in a new video, in which he says he feels "abandoned" and appeals to President Obama to negotiate his release.
7. WHICH ETHNIC TRADITIONS AMONG MYANMAR'S TRIBES ARE DISAPPEARING
As Myanmar opens itself up after decades of military rule and simultaneously urges ethnic minorities' assimilation, younger members of tribes like the Chin and Maun are giving up customs like facial tattooing and use of tribal dialects.
8. WHAT REPUBLICANS AGREE ON ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL'S POTENTIAL
The GOP sees a perfect opportunity to use the Affordable Care Act's bumpy trajectory as leverage against Democrats in 2014 midterm elections, but can't agree on their strategy for opposing it.
9. SENEGAL CHILD BEGGARS "EXPLOITED BY DAY AND CRAMMED IN TOGETHER AT NIGHT UNTIL THEIR DEATHS"
Authorities in Senegal have yet to arrest anyone months after a fire killed eight children crammed into a room where they were living as talibes, or Islamic religious pupils who often are forced to beg for food and money.
10. WHO IS TRYING TO BROKER PEACE IN SOUTH SUDAN
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn will meet with South Sudan's president, hoping to mediate a conflict that has killed hundreds.