10 Things to Know for Thursday, January 21

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

1. WHY STOCK MARKETS KEEP SLUMPING

Investors are worried that low oil prices mean there’s not that much demand for fuel – a signal of a slowing global economy.

2. 2015 WAS EARTH’S HOTTEST BY WIDE MARGIN

From a baked Alaska to a Christmas in July, last year was the warmest year on record by far, scientists say.

3. NOR’EASTER GETTING SET TO BLOW

The U.S. weather service warns of heavy, “perhaps crippling” snow across the northern mid-Atlantic region in the coming days.

4. BUFFALO MAKES NFL HISTORY

Kathryn Smith is hired as the Bills’ special teams quality control coach, becoming the first full-time female member of an NFL coaching staff.

5. ONCE UNTHINKABLE OUTCOME LOOMS IN DEMOCRATIC RACE

With two weeks until voting begins, Bernie Sanders is in position to win both Iowa and New Hampshire.

6. LATEST ATTACK ON A SCHOOL IN PAKISTAN KILLS 20

The deadly assault by Islamic militants raises questions about whether security forces are able to protect the country’s educational institutions.

7. WHICH VOLATILE TOPICS ARE INTERSECTING IN US

Abortion and race take the stage as political adversaries spar over the fact that black women get abortions at a disproportionately high rate.

8. VIETNAMESE GATHER TO CHOOSE RULERS

Vietnam’s Communist Party opens an eight-day congress to name a set of leaders to govern the country for the next five years.

9. WHAT MESSAGE POPE IS SENDING TO DAVOS

While praising business as a “noble vocation,” the pontiff says industry leaders have a responsibility to fight poverty.

10. SOLAR SYSTEM MAY HAVE NINTH PLANET AFTER ALL

Scientists present “good evidence” for a long-hypothesized Planet X – likely a gas giant almost as big as its nearest planetary neighbor Neptune.

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