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10 for today: Thursday, Jan. 2

10 for today: Thursday, Jan. 2

Partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party celebrating the start of retail pot sales, at a bar in Denver, late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. Colorado is to begin marijuana retail sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling ‘Green Wednesday.' Photo: Associated Press/Brennan Linsley

A look at what’s making headlines today.

1. WHO’S BRACING FOR THE FIRST STORM OF 2014

A major winter storm is bearing down on the Northeast, promising heavy snows and strong winds. Up to 14 inches of snow is forecast for the Boston area.

2. COLORADO USHERS IN 2014 WITH ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

Long lines greet marijuana shoppers testing the nation’s first legal recreation pot shops. But customers who waited hours in snow and frigid wind had few complaints.

3. ANTARCTICA RESCUE TAKES OFF

The long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally gets underway.

4. HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL BECOMES A REALITY

After a troubled rollout, the health care overhaul faces its most personal test as major pieces of the Affordable Care Act take full effect with the new year.

5. IT’S TIME TO START MAKING HARD DECISIONS

That’s the message Secretary of State John Kerry is taking to Israeli and Palestinian leaders as he returns to the Middle East to outline a peace plan.

6. HOW AMERICANS ARE FEELING ABOUT THEIR GOVERNMENT

Americans have a profoundly negative view of their government as they enter 2014. Half say the country’s system of democracy needs a lot of change or even a complete overhaul.

7. STUDY CONFIRMS DISTRACTED DRIVING RISK

Dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss by seven times, especially for younger drivers.

8. EGYPT FLEXES SOME NEW MUSCLES

More than politics has changed in Egypt since autocratic Hosni Mubarak was forced from office. A cultural revolution has taken root, revolutionizing the pop culture scene.

9. HOW AN OBSESSION BECAME A MUSEUM

A Seattle couple’s collection of pinball machines grew into something they wanted to share with others — a good solution after they ran out of space in their garage.

10. SPARTANS COME UP SMELLING LIKE ROSES

Connor Cook passes for a career-high 332 yards and No. 4 Michigan State holds on to beat No. 5 Stanford 24-20 for its first Rose Bowl title in 26 years.

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U.S says Russia violated nuclear treaty, urges immediate talks

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In another sign of deteriorating relations, the U.S. government claims that Moscow has violated the Cold War treaty.

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Civilians killed in eastern Ukraine amid fierce fighting

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Armed pro-Russian separatists stand guard on the suburbs of Shakhtarsk, Donetsk region on July 28, 2014.

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine kills at least 19 civilians.

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Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

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Fire officials spotted a drone over the Sand Fire and immediately called police to have the toy grounded to avoid a possible mid-air collision.

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Judge gives go-ahead for $2 billion sale of NBA’s Clippers

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With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014.

Shelly Sterling can proceed with the record $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers despite her husband's objections, a judge ruled on Monday.

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Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader

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A Palestinian walks on the rubble of the house of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, hit by a pre-dawn Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Early Tuesday, Israel warplanes struck a series of targets in Gaza City, including Haniyeh's house and government offices, while Gaza's border area with Israel was hit by heavy tank shelling.

Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave.