Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. WHY EGYPT’S PRESIDENT HAS POLARIZED THE NATION
Supporters and opponents of Mohammed Morsi are growing more entrenched in their battle over the Islamist leader’s move to assume near absolute powers.
2. WHEN MERCHANTS EXPECT A HOLIDAY BOOST
It’s estimated that this year’s Cyber Monday will be the biggest online shopping day of the year, for the third year in a row.
3. BANGLADESH FACTORY LACKED EMERGENCY EXITS
The eight-story building where a blaze killed at least 112 people received a “high risk” safety rating after a 2011 audit.
4. ISLAMIC CLERIC ISSUES FATWA AGAINST BREAKING TRUCE
Violating the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas “shall constitute a sin,” according to Suleiman al-Daya’s edict.
5. WHERE SOME PLANNERS WANT A 5-MILE STORM BARRIER
A mammoth seawall across New York Harbor’s entrance could blunt future superstorms, say prominent architects and scientists.
6. JFK’S LARGELY FORGOTTEN LAST NIGHT
His appearance before Mexican-American activists was likely the first time a president officially acknowledged Latinos as an important voting bloc.
7. TOUGH TIMES PUT SQUEEZE ON FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
A main challenge at this week’s conference in Qatar: raising money for poor countries when budgets are strained.
8. WHAT CAUSED A MASSIVE NATURAL GAS EXPLOSION
A utility worker in Springfield, Mass., accidentally punctured a high-pressure pipeline while looking for a leak.
9. ROLLING STONES JAM ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY
He still might not get satisfaction, but AP’s Gregory P. Katz reports that frontman Mick Jagger was in top vocal form at a London concert.
10. HOW BIG THE POWERBALL JACKPOT COULD BE
It’ll be at least $425 million for Wednesday’s drawing, a new record.
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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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