5 Things to Know This Morning

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong listens to a question from Oprah Winfrey during taping for the show "Oprah and Lance Armstrong: The Worldwide Exclusive" in Austin, Texas, Jan. 14, 2013.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. Armstrong Admits to Doping, 'One Big Lie'

Lance Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France in a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday night. Armstrong said he could not have run the cycling race seven times without the drugs.

2. 5 Americans Escaped From Algeria Terrorists, Officials Say

Five Americans who were at an Algerian natural gas facility when al Qaeda linked terrorists raided it are now safe, according to U.S. officials. It is believed that the Americans have left the country.

3. Poll: 90 Percent of Americans Support Background Checks

Ninety percent of Americans say they support the idea of universal background checks for gun buyers, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll. Overall, only seven percent said they actively oppose the idea.

4. Pacino to Play Paterno in New Film

Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in "Happy Valley," a movie about the late Penn State football coach. No start or release dates for the film have been announced.

5. First Lady Unveils Birthday Bangs

Michelle Obama debuted a brand new look on her 49th birthday on Thursday. She posted a picture of her new bangs on her Twitter account Thursday evening.