Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Tuesday:
1. WHAT THE U.S. BELIEVES IS KEY TO STOPPING GAZA WARFARE
As a first step, the White House insists that Hamas must cease firing rockets into Israel.
2. SOJOURNING OBAMA SCOLDS AN AUTOCRAT
The president delivers his condemnation of Cambodia’s Hun Sen in private. Some fear government censors will keep his stern words from reaching the Cambodian people.
3. A PUSH FOR WIDESPREAD, ROUTINE HIV SCREENING
All Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once, a health panel says.
4. RED STATES, BLUE STATES: THE DIVIDE WIDENS
In fully half the U.S., the November election created powerful one-party legislatures that can act with no need for compromise.
5. POSITIVE ‘FISCAL CLIFF’ COMMENTS COMFORT INVESTORS
The Dow gains 207 in the best day on Wall Street since the presidential election.
6. SCIENTISTS PUZZLED BY VIOLENT DOLPHIN DEATHS
The mammals are washing ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked-off fins.
7. POLICE SEE SOMETHING SINISTER IN INDIANAPOLIS BLAST
A homicide investigation has been launched into a house explosion that killed a young couple and wrecked numerous nearby homes.
8. WHY MOURNING FOR HO HO’S MAY BE PREMATURE
Hostess and striking workers agree to resume bargaining, providing hope that the popular cake-maker won’t shut down.
9. GOING APE AT MIDDLE AGE IS NOTHING NEW, STUDY SUGGESTS
Humans may not be alone in suffering midlife crises. Research on chimps and orangutans finds that midlife discontent may have been passed on through evolution.
10. HOW SANTA FEELS ABOUT TABLET COMPUTERS
Same as last year, the AP’s Peter Svensson reports. Tablets are even better-made now — and fierce competition has kept prices very low.
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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.
Credit: AP/LM Otero
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.
Credit: AP/Matt Rourke
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!
Credit: AP/Jenny Aicher
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.
Credit: AP/Molly Riley
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.
Credit: AP/J. Scott Applewhite
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.
Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster
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.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
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."
Credit: AP/NASA/Chris Hadfield
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.
Credit: AP/Jacquelyn Martin
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.
Credit: AP/The Duluth News-Tribune/Clint Austin
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