Here are 10 things you need to know as you start your Thursday:
1. AFTER ELECTION, OBAMA AND GOP LAY DOWN MARKERS FOR DEFICIT DEAL: The White House says voters want both sides to set aside partisan interests as House Speaker John Boehner hints at accepting some form of higher tax revenue.
2. HOW OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY COULD CHANGE IN HIS SECOND TERM: The president has a freer hand to deal with Syria, Iran and China but first he has to pick the team to implement his agenda.
3. NEW STORM BRINGS SNOW TO NORTHEAST: Tens of thousands lose power as Sandy-ravaged areas reel from nor'easter.
4. WHAT THE CHINESE PRESIDENT TOLD HIS COUNTRY'S COMMUNIST CONGRESS: Hu Jintao urged party members to curb graft but keep firm political control as he prepares to hand off power to successor.
5. REP. GIFFORDS SHOOTER TO BE SENTENCED: Plea-bargain will ensure that the man who shot the Arizona congresswoman and 17 others will spend the rest of his life in prison.
6. ARGENTINES PREPARE FOR HUGE ANTI-GOVERNMENT MARCH: Pot-banging demonstrators will voice their concerns in Buenos Aires and plazas around the nation.
7. WHERE SCIENTOLOGY DOESN'T SET OFF ALARMS: A newly opened headquarters for the movement has caused little controversy in Israel.
8. MARIJUANA VOTES SET UP SHOWDOWN WITH FEDS: And a fight is exactly what pot proponents in Colorado and Washington say they want.
9. RISING TIDE OF VIOLENCE TARGETS PAKISTANI HINDUS: The long-suffering minority faces increased physical attacks, forced conversions and discrimination.
10. THE COMPROMISE APPLE MADE ON THE IPAD MINI: AP technology writer Peter Svensson says the screen quality on the smaller tablet is a letdown.
5 THINGS TO KNOW IN FLORIDA TODAY
1. FLORIDA STILL UNDECIDED, BUT THIS TIME IRRELEVANT: We still don't officially know whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney won Florida's 29 electoral votes. The race was too close to call Tuesday night, rendering the state irrelevant in deciding the 2012 winner.
2. CONGRESSMAN WANTS RECOUNT: Refusing to concede, Congressman Allen West is asking a judge to get involved in his race against Patrick Murphy. His Democratic challenger was declared the victor with a razor-thin margin.
3. DEVELOPER: JOBS SAFE DESPITE OBAMA VICTORY: An Orlando time-share mogul tells employees no massive layoffs are on the horizon. Last month he warned of dire consequences if the president won re-election.
4. RESCUERS SAVE DOG FROM SEPTIC TANK: Fire rescue workers freed a 96-pound pointer named Shelly after she fell into an open septic tank in a Palm Beach County yard. She appeared unharmed.
5. GOV. SCOTT TO UNIVERSITIES: NO TUITION HIKES: The governor told a higher education panel Wednesday that he wants tuition kept low and funding tied to performance.
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