Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. WILL ANYONE BUDGE ON FISCAL CLIFF?: Top congressional leaders will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House in a last-ditch effort to bridge the fiscal divide, but there's no sign a deal is taking shape.
2. RETIRED GEN. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF DIES IN TAMPA: A U.S. official says retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991, has died in Tampa. He was 78.
3. BUSH SENIOR STILL IN HOSPITAL: As former President George H.W. Bush remains in intensive care at a Houston hospital, a longtime aide says, "put the harps back in the closet," Bush is in good hands.
4. WHO SHOULD HAVE GUNS IN SCHOOLS?: The NRA envisions armed volunteers to protect schools from attacks like the one in Newtown, Conn. School safety experts say trained police are needed.
5. WINTER STORM STILL CRIPPLING NATION: A muted version of a winter storm that has killed more than a dozen people across the eastern half of the country plodded across the Northeast, trapping airliners in snow or mud and frustrating travelers still trying to return home after Christmas.
6. CLOSING THE DOOR ON ADOPTIONS: Russia's President Vladimir Putin signs a bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
7. TRYING TO KEEP A LID ON THE INTERNET: China passes rules aimed at tightening controls on Internet, following online postings about graft and abuses that rattled the ruling party.
8. ANOTHER TRAGEDY ON THE TRACKS: Police in New York City were seeking a woman seen fleeing a subway station after a man was pushed onto the tracks and killed by an approaching train. It was the second such fatality this month.
9. WHEN RONALD REAGAN SOUGHT FASHION ADVICE: Confidential documents released by Britain's National Archives reveal the inner workings of the government led by Margaret Thatcher, including a query asking what former President Reagan should wear to go riding with the Queen.
10. PAVING THE WAY HOME WITH MUSIC: Voices of Valor, a pilot program helping veterans re-enter civilian life, uses music to ease the way.
5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA
1. PORT STRIKE COULD BE DEVASTATING TO FLORIDA: Gov. Rick Scott warned Thursday that a looming strike involving port dockworkers on the East and Gulf coasts could have a devastating effect on Florida's families and its economy.
2. RED TIDE KILLS THOUSANDS OF FISH OFF SARASOTA: Officials say red tide is responsible for thousands of dead fish that have washed up along the beaches in Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
3. MCBRIDE MEMORIAL SERVICE SET FOR FRIDAY IN TAMPA: A memorial service for former gubernatorial candidate Bill McBride will be held in Tampa on Friday afternoon. The 67-year-old McBride died of a heart attack Saturday while on a holiday trip in Mount Airy, N.C.
4. FLORIDA SCHOOLS ADOPTING UNIFORM ACADEMIC STANDARDS: Florida's schools are adopting uniform academic standards shared with most other states, but the move is not creating the kind of uproar that's surrounded some other major changes in public education.
5. TRAYVON MARTIN'S DEATH IS FLORIDA’S TOP STORY FOR 2012: Trayvon Martin's shooting death is Florida's top story of 2012. Newspaper editors picked Martin's death as the state's top story in a poll conducted by The Associated Press. Florida's voting woes finished second.
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