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'Duck Dynasty' takes aim at a new season

When Duck Dynasty kicks off Season 5 Wednesday (A&E, 10 p.m. ET/PT), will it be dead in the water? Hardly. In a new promo, the show teases the introduction of little-known family member Rebecca Robertson and promises "another new family member" will be stirring things up. If anything, the Dynasty drama is expanding its story lines. "We're just glad to be back at work, and A&E and us are fine," Willie Robertson, one of the main stars of the show, told Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck during Fox's All-American New Year special on New Year's Eve. Off the air, the pre-holiday flap that erupted over patriarch Phil Robertson's anti-gay quotes in a GQ interview isn't expected to make a dent in viewership or advertising, according to industry experts.

High court to consider buffer zones at abortion clinics

The Supreme Court steps into the dangerous minefield of abortion protests Wednesday when it takes up a challenge to Massachusetts' 35-foot buffer zone around reproductive health clinics. Judging from the court's last foray on the subject in 2000, at least three justices are likely to oppose the law as a violation of free speech, and several more votes are in doubt. Given the justices' high regard for the First Amendment, the Bay State's law — twice upheld by lower courts — could be in jeopardy.

Comment period on cell phone calls on planes begins

The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longstanding ban against cellular service on planes, and the official 60-day comment period begins today, when the FCC publishes its proposal in the Federal Register. The FCC voted in December to consider lifting its 1991 prohibition against cellular service on flights because planes can carry cell towers that limit interference with ground-based communications.

Obama pushes jobless benefits in N.C.

President Obama may test-drive some themes for his upcoming State of the Union Address when he visits North Carolina State University in Raleigh Wednesday and talks about Manufacturing and the economy. Obama is expected to repeat his call on Republicans to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits that expired for 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans more than two weeks ago in a state where the issue has significant resonance.

Tourist gang-raped in India

A Danish tourist was gang-raped near a popular central shopping area in the Indian capital after she lost her way and asked for directions back to her hotel. The attack is the latest case to focus international attention on the scourge of rape and violence against women in India.

Notable date

It's Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday on Jan. 15.

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