Good morning! 15+ things to know for Monday

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

1. NRA HOLDS FAST ON GUN CONTROL AFTER SHOOTING: The gun-rights group argues that not a single new gun regulation would make children safer.

2. HOW NEWTOWN SHIFTED TALK ON TEACHERS: Students and parents see their instructors as heroes instead of criticizing generous benefits.

3. PREDICTING 'FISCAL CLIFF' TALKS WILL GO TO THE WIRE: Senators say Congress will be in session on New Year's Eve trying to avert a budget crisis.

4. U.S. ADVISER KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN: Police say an Afghan policewoman killed the adviser at police headquarters in Kabul.

5. WHY HOLIDAY SHOPPING IS MUTED THIS YEAR: Superstorm Sandy, "fiscal cliff" uncertainty, the school shooting and a delayed economic recovery hurt consumer confidence.

6. WHAT'S NEXT AFTER EGYPT'S CONSTITUTION VOTE: The AP's Hamza Hendawi says the Islamist leadership will move for legislation to create a more religious state.

7. WHERE'S SANTA? ASK NORAD: The U.S.-Canada command began taking calls about Santa Claus' whereabouts back in the 1950s, when a Colorado newspaper inadvertently printed its number.

8. SENATOR CHARGED WITH DRUNK DRIVING: Police say Idaho Republican Michael Crapo had a blood alcohol content of .110 when he was pulled over in Alexandria, Va.

9. 'SKINNYGIRL' SPLITS WITH HUSBAND: Bethenny Frankel, the TV personality who founded the Skinnygirl line cocktail and shapewear line, is separating from husband Jason Hoppy after two years.

10. 'THE HOBBIT' BESTS TOM CRUISE: Peter Jackson's prelude to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy took in $36.7 million in its second weekend. Cruise's "Jack Reacher" debuted a distant second with $15.6 million.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. FLORIDA GAVE UP TRYING TO COLLECT $124.2 MILLION IN TAXES AND FINES: A large portion written off by state officials for the fiscal year that ended June 30 was unpaid taxes, including sales taxes, corporate income taxes and unemployment taxes.

2. TAMPA ATTORNEY, GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BILL MCBRIDE DIES OF HEART ATTACK AT AGE 67: The Democrat who came out of nowhere to defeat Janet Reno for the party's 2002 gubernatorial nomination but then lost to Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. His wife, Alex Sink, also unsuccessfully ran for governor.

3. FORMER MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER RYAN FREEL FOUND DEAD IN JACKSONVILLE HOME: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says Freel died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Freel spent six of his eight big league seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

4. WOOD STORK NESTING STILL DECLINING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: The population of wood storks may be rebounding, but their nesting habitat in Florida is declining. Experts say nesting populations in Georgia and North Carolina are booming instead.

5. MINIATURE HORSES FROM GAINESVILLE ARE ON THEIR WAY TO COMFORT GRIEVING CONNECTICUT TOWN: Four small horses from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses will be working with children, families and first responders in Newtown, Conn., in the aftermath of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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

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