Today in 10: Jan. 11, 2013

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Today's Must-Read is The No-Nonsense, Non-Alarmist, Essential Guide to the Flu. In case you haven't heard, there's actually a flu epidemic and it's pretty serious, so make sure to check it out. Below are today's other top stories.

PERSON

Twitter-user Simeon Campbell, who was allegedly in a Los Angeles mall movie theater when two gunmen took 14 hostages overnight. Two hundred people were stuck in the theaters as LAPD attempted to defuse the situation. Apparently, one victim was stabbed and another sexually assaulted.

QUOTE

"The NRA is hearing not just from Beltway elites and the chattering class, but real Americans all over the country that are hoping the NRA is not going to compromise on any of the principles of the Second Amendment, nor are we going to support banning guns. But we’re willing to listen."

- An NRA official, on a talk with Joe Biden on gun control. The NRA has reportedly increased by 100,000 members since Sandy Hook. The Vice President is expected to deliver new gun policy recommendations to the president on Tuesday.

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President Obama and President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai met today at the White House, and Obama announced that U.S. troops would begin taking a reduced role in Afghanistan this spring.

TOPIC

Sleeping pills. Women are now being advised by the FDA to cut their dosage of sleeping pills like Ambien and Lunesta in half.

NUMBER

$100 - That's how much it will cost to send a message to Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. Will he reply, though?

HEADLINE

"Taft Student in critical condition following campus shooting" - in The Bakersfield Californian. Details of yesterday's school shooting are still coming out. The alleged shooter, a student, reportedly had a hit list of targets.

WORD

Flu activity is so high in the United States that 3,710 people have been hospitalized for it since October 1, and 20 kids have died this season from the flu.

VIDEO

Quentin Tarantino, director of Academy Award nominee Django Unchained, got angry at an interviewer after being asked about the violence in his films:

TWEET

Everyone's a little surprised Ben Affleck didn't get a best director Oscar nom for Argo. Some of us aren't taking it well.

CONTROVERSY

Climate change. The New York Times has an interesting read today about the world's recent rash of extreme weather. But are these droughts, fires, hurricanes, and other meteorological events caused by human-made global warming?

CAUSE

Australian firefighters. Have you read about the recent fires in Australia? Help the Volunteer Firefights of Australia.

Bonus: NEWS YOU CAN USE

How are recent veterans dealing with PTSD? With yoga. If you've been stressed out, yoga can help!

Images used under Creative Commons licensing, including icons from The Noun Project.

Lily Altavena

Lily is a production assistant at MSNBC and a recent NYU grad. She interned for Ann Curry's team at NBC News, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and the education nonprofit She's the First. Her interests range from politics to education to comedy. She is not actually a dinosaur. Follow: @lilyalta.

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