Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Monday 10 Jan 2011


Our popular news catch-up service is posted Monday to Friday at 8.0 am. You can rely on it to keep you up to date through the working day with the main news talking points. SHOT US CONGRESSWOMAN 'ABLE TO COMMUNICATE'Doctors treating Gabrielle Giffords, the congresswoman shot in the head on Saturday, say they are "cautiously optimistic" she will survive. The 40-year-old Democrat remains in critical condition but is able to communicate using her fingers. Six people died in the shooting outside a Safeway store in Tucson, Arizona, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old boy. Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged with the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, among multiple murder counts. Sarah Palin blamed after Giffords shooting RIHANNA MAKES CHART HISTORYRihanna's single What's My Name? has gone to Number One in the UK chart - making her the first female solo artist in history to have a number one single in Britain in five consecutive years. The last solo artist to achieve the feat was Elvis Presley in the late 50s and early 60s. The BBC's Sound Of 2011 winner, Jessie J, has climbed to number five with Do It Like A Dude. Jessie J tops BBC poll - but is it a mixed blessing? GOLDMAN EMPLOYEES TO SHARE $13BN BONUSInvestment bank Goldman Sachs is expected to announce in the coming days that it has paid its staff more than $13 billion in bonuses for 2010 - an average of $370,000 per employee - despite a 40 per cent drop in profits. The news came as David Cameron told the BBC's Andrew Marr that he wanted "to see the bonus pool smaller than last year" and that banks should be more "socially responsible". DALGLISH UNABLE TO PROVIDE LIVERPOOL WINRoy Hodgson, the Liverpool manager sacked on Friday, is reported to have received a £78.5m payoff after surviving only six months on Merseyside. Kenny Dalglish, a legendary Liverpool striker in the 70s and 80s, has taken over as temporary manager. Yesterday he saw his team get beaten 1-0 by Manchester United, after Dimitar Berbatov appeared to take a dive to win a pentalty within the first minute of the game. Chelsea finally refound their feet to beat Ipswich 7-0. IRAN PLANE CRASH: AT LEAST 7O DEADAn IranAir Boeing 727, carrying 105 passengers from Tehran, crashed in northwest Iran on Sunday evening after being unable to land at Orumieh airport because of bad weather. At least 72 people died as 50cm of snow in the area hampered the rescue operation. Some observers blame Western sanctions, which prevent Iran purchasing necessary spare parts, for the country's high rate of plane crashes. EASTENDERS BABY ROW: BBC FORCED TO REWRITE The BBC has been forced to promise a major rewrite at EastEnders after thousands of viewers complained about an exploitative storyline involving the mother of a cot death baby swapping the dead child for another mother's newborn baby. Actress Samantha Womack has called the storyline "sick". As the Guardian's Charlie Booker writes today, "Yes: that's a cot-death-baby-swap storyline ­ with a happy ending. Now there's a script meeting I'd like to sit in on." JO YEATES'S MOTHER TO RETRACE HER LAST STEPSThe mother of Joanna Yeates has volunteered to 'play' her daughter in a police reconstruction of the murdered 25-year-old's final known steps. Theresa Yeates, 58, is of similar height and build to her daughter, whose body was found on Christmas Day. As Robert Chesshyre reports for The First Post today, public expectations of a speedy solution have not been met. ROYAL WEDDING BOOZE BREAKAll pubs in Britian will be allowed to stay open until 1am on two consecutive nights - Friday and Saturday April 29 and 30 - to mark Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton, the Sunday Mirror claims. The arrangement is intended to benefit tourists as well as home-grown royalists - the government hopes the wedding will give tourism a recession-busting boost. CHINESE OVERTAKE BRITS AS ROLLS ROYCE BUYERSChina has overtaken Britain to become the second biggest market after the US for Rolls Royce cars. The news comes as RR celebrates its best year yet under BMW ownership, with 2,711 cars sold in 2010 - 171 per cent up on 2009. The company recently volunteered to repair for free the royal family's 30-year-old Phantom VI after it was famously damaged in the pre-Christmas student riots. BECKHAMS EXPECTING FOURTH CHILD David and Victoria Beckham have confirmed that they are expecting their fourth child in the summer. With three boys already, they are assumed to be hoping for a girl. The news comes as Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has had to concede that he will not be able to have Beckham on loan for two months from his American club, LA Galaxy, because of insurance issues. Transfer Talk: Campbell 'back to Arsenal', Beckham deal off JAMES CAAN 'TO QUIT' DRAGON'S DENThe BBC is expected to announce that James Caan, the Pakistan-born self-made millionaire, will not appear again on Dragon's Den, according to the Daily Mail. There are two factors: his continuing row with fellow judge Duncan Bannatyne (the two men have not spoken for nine months) and the episode last autumn where he was filmed by ITV offering to buy a baby from a family suffering in the aftermath of the floods.

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Jack Bremer is a London-based reporter, attached to The Week.co.uk. He has reported regularly from the United States and France.