Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EDT):
1. HOW THE COVER FOR AN NYPD SPYING OPERATION WAS BLOWN
When the superintendent at an apartment complex in New Jersey stumbled on one of the New York Police Department’s biggest secrets, he promptly called 911. The audio tape is something the NYPD hoped you’d never hear.
2. MANY RUSH TO ARM THEMSELVES
In the wake of the movie theater massacre in Colorado, weapons sellers report a spike in sales.
3. AN HONORED NAME NO LONGER
Organizations far and wide are distancing themselves from the late Joe Paterno, removing his name or image from awards, murals, even a hoagie shop.
4. WALL STREET BRACES FOR ANOTHER DOWN DAY
The Dow suffered its third triple-digit point loss in a row. Then Apple reported its smallest increases in revenue and income in years — raising concern that Wednesday will be another brutal trading day.
5. A (SYMBOLIC) SHOWDOWN ON TAXING THE WELL-OFF
The Senate votes at 2:15 p.m. on a $250 billion Democratic bill that would extend expiring tax cuts next year for all but the highest earners. Democrats don’t have the votes to advance the proposal.
6. IN AFRICA, MAJOR NEW AIDS RESEARCH
Giving women a way to protect themselves when their sexual partners won’t use a condom is crucial for battling the AIDS epidemic. A special kind of vaginal ring might be the answer.
7. A CHALLENGE TO UTAH’S BAN ON PLURAL MARRIAGE
A polygamous family, featured on the TLC show “Sister Wives,” is suing Utah and the county the family fled from, hoping to persuade a federal judge to overturn the state’s bigamy law as unconstitutional.
8. WHY INDIAN COUNTRY IS BUZZING ABOUT A DISNEY BLOCKBUSTER
Johnny Depp will play faithful sidekick Tonto in the upcoming “Lone Ranger” movie. Native Americans are taking it personally.
9. SHERMAN HEMSLEY, AKA GEORGE JEFFERSON, DIES AT 74
The gifted character actor starred on “The Jeffersons,” one of TV’s longest running and most successful sitcoms — particularly noteworthy with its mostly black cast.
10. AMERICANS RAIN ON SPAIN
In an exhibition, the U.S. men’s basketball team throttles Spain, 100-78. It was a rematch of the gold-medal game from four years ago — and a possible preview of the next one.
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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