Good morning: 15+ things to know for Thursday

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

1. WINTER STORM LASHES NORTHEAST: After dumping record snow in Arkansas and causing blizzard conditions across the Midwest, the storm headed to New England.

2. OBAMA RETURNS DAYS BEFORE 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEADLINE: But no new negotiations are scheduled to avert deep spending cuts and higher taxes.

3. AN AILING FORMER PRESIDENT: George H.W. Bush is in intensive care at a Houston hospital, where his fever has worsened and doctors have put him on a liquid diet.

4. A $1B PLUS SETTLEMENT FOR TOYOTA DRIVERS: The agreement over acceleration problems with the Prius is one of the largest in U.S. history.

5. A MAP OF GUN OWNERS DRAWS FIRE: A New York City-area newspaper's publication of permit owners' names and addresses sparked outrage about privacy.

6. WHO HAWAII'S NEW SENATOR WILL BE: Brian Schatz, Hawaii's lieutenant governor, was appointed to succeed the late Sen. Daniel Inouye.

7. WHAT STARBUCKS IS DOING TO AVERT THE 'FISCAL CLIFF': Employees in Washington, D.C., are writing "Come Together" on cups to send lawmakers a message.

8. RUSSIA, ENVOY PUSH TRANSITIONAL GOVERNMENT IN SYRIA: Lakhdar Brahimi wants to revive a long-shelved peace plan that never took effect.

9. WHY ZUCKERBERG'S SISTER SAYS HER FACEBOOK PHOTO WENT TOO FAR: Randi Zuckerberg tweeted her objection when a marketing director posted a family picture that came up on her Facebook news feed to thousands.

10. HOMELESS IN THE HAMPTONS: Churches shelter about 50 people a night who say they grew up in the exclusive waterfront communities, but can't make ends meet.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. ADOPTIVE MOM LOSES 2 BOYS TO RARE GENETIC DISEASE: Good Samaritans are pitching in to help an Orlando family reeling from the death of two young boys with a rare genetic disease. Their younger brother's prognosis is good after a recent stem cell transplant.

2. DEPUTY CHARGED WITH PUNCHING INMATE: Authorities say a Tampa Bay area jail deputy will be fired after he punched an inmate in the jail medical ward. The deputy was charged and booked into the Pasco County jail, where he worked.

3. MAIL STOLEN FROM TAMPA-AREA NEIGHBORHOODS: Tampa Bay area deputies are searching for the Grinch who stole hundreds of pieces of mail from boxes in a suburban neighborhood. The letters, holiday cards and flyers were removed from the mailboxes either late Monday or early Christmas morning.

4. PREGNANT WOMAN, MAN INJURED IN DRIVE-BY SHOOTING: Police say a pregnant woman and her boyfriend were injured in a Christmas Day drive-by shooting in South Florida.

5. CHILD INJURED IN VEHICLE FIRE: Authorities say a child was injured in a Christmas Day fire in the parking lot of a central Florida apartment complex.

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

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