10 Things to know for Friday, Dec. 14

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:

1. KERRY NOW FRONT-RUNNER FOR TOP DIPLOMATIC POST
  The Democratic senator vaults to the head of Obama’s short list of secretary of state candidates after U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice suddenly withdrew from consideration. CABINET SHUFFLE


2. NEGOTIATIONS CENTER ON MORE MODEST “CLIFF” DEAL
The White House and congressional negotiators eye a deal to extend current tax rates for most Americans, raise rates for top earners but leave other, vexing issues for the new year. FISCAL CLIFF

3. RUSSIA ROLLS BACK ASSESSMENT ON SYRIA
A day after a senior Russian official was widely quoted as saying Assad was losing control, Russia’s Foreign Ministry insists Moscow’s stance on the crisis hasn’t shifted. RUSSIA-SYRIA

4. HOW AMERICANS VIEW CLIMATE CHANGE
About 4 out of 5 now think temperatures are rising and that global warming will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. CLIMATE POLL

5. JENNI RIVERA’S PLANE UNDER INVESTIGATION
The company that owns a luxury jet that crashed and killed the Mexican pop superstar had two planes seized by federal drug enforcement agents this year. JENNI RIVERA-PLANE OWNER

6. KIM RISES IN NORTH KOREA
A gamble by North Korea’s young leader pays off, at least in the short term, projecting Kim Jong Un to his people as powerful, capable and determined. NKOREA-ROCKET LAUNCH

7. HOW APPLE USERS ARE SPELLING RELIEF
Like many others, AP’s Bree Fowler is happy that Google Maps is back on her iPhone. DIGITAL LIFE-TECH TEST-GOOGLE MAPS FOR IPHONE

8. THIS HOOPSTER CREATES A STIR, BUT NOT HOW YOU MIGHT THINK
Gabrielle Ludwig, 50, became the first transsexual to play intercollegiate ball as both a man and a woman when she suited up for the Lady Saints at Mission College in Santa Clara, Calif. TRANSSEXUAL HOOPSTER

9. THIS FANTASY BECOMES A REALITY
A Marquette University student gets his wish and completes course work centered on the writings of “The Hobbit” author J.R.R. Tolkien. TOLKIEN-UNIVERSITY CLASS

10. BENGALS IMPROVE PLAYOFF POSITIONING
Quarterback Andy Dalton accounts for two touchdowns and Cincinnati’s defense forces five turnovers in a 34-13 win over Philadelphia to slide into last wild-card spot. BENGALS-EAGLES


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 


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