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Posted: Feb 3, 2013 3:34 AM

Updated: Feb 3, 2013 3:34 AM


Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, news producer Jerome Minerva can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). Times EST.


SCHOOL BUS DRIVER SHOT News conference at 9 a.m.; funeral set for 3 p.m. at Ozark Civic Center.

SUPER BOWL Kickoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.



WASHINGTON While Boeing's 787 Dreamliners are grounded, the batteries causing the airliner's troubles can still fly.



SEOUL, South Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issues "important" guidelines on how to bolster the army and protect the nation's sovereignty at a high-level ruling Workers' Party meeting, state media says, an indication that Pyongyang may be ready to conduct an atomic test anytime.


NEW DELHI Her parents called her "bitiya," or little daughter. She was her family's biggest hope. In a country where women are routinely pushed into subservience, this 23-year-old who dreamed of becoming a doctor was going to lift them out of poverty. She died after being gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi last month, a case that galvanized public anger in India over sexual attacks and the inability of authorities to stop them.


MOSCOW When famed viola player Yuri Bashmet declared that he "adored" President Vladimir Putin, he stirred little controversy in a country where classical musicians have often curried favor with the political elite. When Bashmet refused to condemn a new law prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children, he joined a long Russian tradition of artists who have jumped or been dragged into the political fray.


BAGHDAD A suicide car bomber joined by other suicide attackers on foot assaulted a provincial police headquarters in a disputed northern Iraqi city, killing at least 15 people and wounding 90 others, officials say.


MUNICH Iran's foreign minister is welcoming the United States' willingness to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program but isn't committing to accepting the offer.



GLEN ROSE, Texas Former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle was fatally shot along with another man on a Texas gun range, a sheriff tells local newspapers.


BOSTON After a visit to Harvard University, dozens in a group of high school students and their adult chaperones were injured when their charter bus hit a bridge after police say the driver failed to heed low-clearance warning signs.


MIDLAND CITY, Ala. Charles Albert Poland Jr. was known for doing various acts of kindness for people in his southeastern Alabama town. A nearby community is preparing to bury the beloved bus driver who was shot to death trying to protect children on his bus from an Alabama man, who is suspected of holding a 5-year-old boy hostage a standoff now in its fifth day.



NEW ORLEANS One of the most anticipated musical moments of the year so far happened in New Orleans and was connected to the Super Bowl but it had nothing to do with Beyonce. Instead, it was another superstar, Justin Timberlake, who had the town buzzing as he gave his first performance in nearly five years.

Sports Coverage: Super Bowl, NBA, NHL, college basketball, golf, tennis and winter sports.

Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:


ABC's "This Week." Topics: Congress; and education in America. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; Michelle Rhee, former public schools chancellor of the District of Columbia.


NBC's "Meet the Press." Topic: Challenges facing the armed services. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


CBS' "Face the Nation." Topic: The Super Bowl. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.


CNN's "State of the Union." Topics: The Pentagon; domestic issues; and politics. Panetta, Dempsey; Melody Barnes, former chief domestic policy adviser to President Barack Obama; former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao; former Sen. George Allen, R-Va.


"Fox News Sunday." Topic: Gun control. Wayne LaPierre, CEO and senior vice president of the National Rifle Association; Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

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