MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — From continued disputes between South and North Korea to the outlook on the Vikings’ playoff game, here are the four stories to know for Friday, Jan. 8.

South Korea’s Loudspeakers

South Korea’s military resumed loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border into North Korea.

The South’s decision comes just days after Pyongyang said it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

The broadcasts will draw a furious reaction — as North Korea considers them an act of psychological warfare.

5 Years Since Arizona Shooting

On Friday morning, thousands of bells will ring at once across Tucson, Arizona to mark the 5-year anniversary of the shooting that severely wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and left six people dead.

Giffords suffered a severe brain injury after the shootout during a constituent meeting held in a supermarket parking lot.

AT&T’s Plan Changes

AT&T will stop offering two-year contracts to subsidize new smartphone purchases.

Customers will now only be able to get new phones by paying the full price or paying in installments over time.

Two-year contracts have been phased out in the mobile industry.

Instead, companies are selling the devices at full price or offering cheaper monthly plans.

Vikings’ Outlook

The Minnesota Vikings are set to host their first home playoff game in six years, this time at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Seattle Seahawks come to town for the second time in about a month, but it’s going to be a lot colder this time around!

Minnesota is a more than 5-point underdog in the game but there is definitely hope since the last time around, several key members of the defense were injured.

One of them was Linval Joseph who’s been battling a toe injury, but could return on Sunday.

Running Backs will also be key.

Despite suffering a lower back injury to the Packers, Adrian Peterson is expected to play.

And for the Seahawks, star running back Marshawn Lynch has been practicing this week and could return to the lineup after missing seven games.

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