Good morning! 15+ things to know for Wednesday

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

1. AN ACT OF DEFIANCE FROM NORTH KOREA: The pariah nation successfully launches a long-range rocket, ignoring warnings from the U.N. and the U.S.

2. RAMPAGE AT OREGON SHOPPING MALL: Witnesses heard the camouflaged, masked gunman say "I am the shooter" before opening fire, killing two people and himself.

3. WHO RAVI SHANKAR MENTORED BESIDES THE BEATLES: Saxophonist John Coltrane named his son Ravi after the sitar virtuoso, who died in California at 92.

4. THE TRICKY BALANCE OF OBAMA'S 'FISCAL CLIFF' STRATEGY: Advisers say he will publicly pressure Republicans to reach a deal while negotiating privately with top Congressional leaders.

5. HOW HIS WORDS ARE COMING BACK TO HAUNT HIM:

Republicans note the president's current stand on raising tax rates differs from the one he took in 2010.

6. WHY CHINA COULD BE GOOD FOR EUROPE'S WINE BUSINESS: China has become the largest export market in France's Bordeaux region.

7. AN OFFICER'S GIFT PUTS NEW YORKERS IN A QUANDARY: The donation of shoes to a barefoot homeless man raised the age-old urban dilemma about whether to give money to strangers on the streets.

8. PLANE CARRYING JENNI RIVERA TOOK DRAMATIC PLUNGE: The music star's jet plummeted nearly straight down at a speed that may have exceeded 600 mph.

9. WHY VEGAS LIKES THE NUMBERS 12-12-12: Sin City hopes to lure thousands to get quickie weddings on the once-in-a-century date.

10. THE COCKTAILS FOR SALE AT 35,000 FEET: Airlines are selling mojitos, cosmos and a drink called the "Sky Breeze" onboard.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. FLORIDA EXECUTES FORMER POLICE OFFICER: Manuel Pardo is accused of killing 9 people in a series of robberies in the 1980s.

2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO HIRE NEW CHIEF: Three finalists are in the running to be new Florida education commissioner.

3. NAKED MAN WITH GUN SHOT: Police in Palm Beach Shores shot and injured a naked man who was walking around an apartment complex, armed with a gun.

4. LEGIONNAIRES EXPOSURE: Students at Olsen Middle School in Broward County may have been exposed to Legionnaires Disease

5. 12-12-12 ATTRACTS COUPLES: Palm Beach County officials expect dozens of couples to take advantage of the oddity of the date to tie the knot.

TODAY AND EVERY DAY: Click here for links to recent arrest reports and mug shots in Collier and Lee counties.

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