Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHY THE WHITE HOUSE IS STICKING WITH MORSI
The Egyptian leader — despite questions about his commitment to democracy — remains a key American partner in brokering peace between Israel and its neighbors.
2. DEMOCRATS’ LATEST STANCE: NO CUTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY OR MEDICARE
As the clock ticks on the “fiscal cliff,” many in the party — emboldened by the election — no longer want to consider cuts that once were on the bargaining table.
3. WHERE WEDNESDAY’S POWERBALL JACKPOT RANKS
The $500 million pot is the second-highest in lottery history, behind only the $656 million Mega Millions prize in March.
4. SUSAN RICE’S PROSPECTS GROW CLOUDY
The would-be secretary of state will meet with two more GOP senators Wednesday amid fresh concern about comments she made after the Benghazi attack.
5. BANKERS SMUGGLED MILLIONS OUT OF AFGHANISTAN
An international report shows how Kabul Bank officers and their friends and relatives got rich off $861 million in fraudulent loans.
6. WHAT WAS FOUND INSIDE THE FACTORY WHERE 112 WERE KILLED
An AP reporter searching the factory finds piles of shorts from Wal-Mart’s Faded Glory brand and rap star Sean Combs ENYCE label.
7. TWIN CAR BOMBS IN DAMASCUS KILL 34 PEOPLE
The explosions were in a district that is mostly loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
8. WHO MADE WINNING THE MIRROR-BALL TROPHY A REALITY
Melissa Rycroft didn’t win on “The Bachelor” or her first stint on “Dancing With the Stars” but she won the dance show’s ‘All Stars’ competition.
9. U.N. ON VERGE OF RECOGNIZING PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD
The U.S. and Israel strongly oppose the resolution, which would add weight to Palestinian claims for a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.
10. HOW STEROID ALLEGATIONS WILL PLAY IN HALL OF FAME VOTING
Baseball greats Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa will appear on Wednesday’s ballot for the first time.
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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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