FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, Janet Yellen, of California, smiles as she is introduced as being the first female to be nominated as Federal Reserve Board chair, prior to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Yellen was approved by the Senate on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, as the first woman to head the Federal Reserve in its 100-year history. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
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10 Things to Know for Tuesday
By The Associated Press
1. JANET YELLEN CONFIRMED TO LEAD FED
Senators voted 56-26 in favor of Yellen, who will be the first woman to lead the 100-year-old bank.
2. LESS THAN ZERO
Temperatures plunge toward record lows in the Midwest, halting normal routines for many, and bringing travel to a standstill for others, with 187 million feeling the "polar vortex."
3. SUPREME COURT HALTS GAY MARRIAGE IN UTAH
Wedding vows come to a screeching halt as the thousands of couples rushing to say "I do" find themselves suddenly in legal limbo.
4. UNEMPLOYMENT BILL TOPS CONGRESS' LIST
Democratic supporters of the three-month extension say they are close to the 60 votes needed to advance the White House-backed bill.
5. Al-QAIDA ESCALATES CHALLENGE TO IRAQ RULER
With Fallujah under siege, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki urges residents to drive out the militants, perhaps preparing for military action.
6. CLASHES SPREAD BETWEEN SYRIAN REBELS, AL-QAIDA GROUP
The rebel-on-rebel fighting in the city of Raqqa reflects a widening war within a war in Syria, this one against radical extremists.
7. EGYPT'S NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY WIDENS REACH
Some activists fear that the agency - once feared as a pillar of the police state under autocrat Hosni Mubarak - is reclaiming a major role amid militant violence and a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
8. WHO NBC HIRES FOR SNL
Criticized for lack of diversity, "Saturday Night Live" adds a black woman, Sasheer Zamata, to its cast.
9. HOW DENNIS RODMAN SEES HIS LATEST N. KOREA TRIP
The former NBA star calls the exhibition game he organized a "birthday present" for leader Kim Jung Un and the enigmatic country.
10. DETAILS ANNOUNCED IN $765M PLAN FOR NFL CONCUSSIONS
The planned awards could reach $5 million for athletes with Lou Gehrig's disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases, lawyers say.