Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHY OBAMA IS IN A BIND: He has to stand his ground against the GOP, and risk falling off the "fiscal cliff," or reach a compromise — and risk angering liberal Democrats. He'll make his case to the public at 1:05 p.m.
2. WHAT'S IN STORE FOR SANDY VICTIMS: A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day goes into effect in New York after the nor'easter.
3. TEHRAN FACING "COMPLETE SANCTIONS REGIME": AP's Bradley Klapper says lawmakers are working on a new set of Iran sanctions that could prevent it from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program.
4. ASSAD CALLS CIVIL WAR CLAIM DUBIOUS: Rather, the Syrian president says the new kind of battle in his country is "terrorism through proxies."
5. AFGHANS TO MAKE CASE AGAINST BALES: Alleged victims and relatives are scheduled to testify by video conference from Afghanistan against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of being the gunman who devastated their remote villages during a nighttime massacre last March.
6. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS FACE-TO-FACE WITH THE MAN WHO TRIED TO KILL HER: The former congresswoman looks closely at the convicted gunman for several minutes at his sentencing hearing but says nothing.
7. NAVY SEALS SPILLED SECRETS: Special ops warriors disciplined after divulging classified information to the maker of a video game, officials say.
8. NEW ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY IS NAMED: Justin Welby, who shifted mid-career from the oil industry to the clergy, is named leader of the world's Anglicans.
9. GIVING NEW MEANING TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH: Hit the slopes — and then a bong? Colorado's newly passed recreational marijuana measure opens the door to a new world of pot tourism.
10. COLTS FEELING LUCKY: Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck runs for two touchdowns and Indianapolis improves to 6-3 with a 27-10 win over Jacksonville.
5 THINGS TO KNOW IN FLORIDA TODAY
1. DEMS CLAIMS VICTORY IN FLORIDA, ROMNEY WON'T CONCEDE: Florida Democrats claimed victory in the presidential race on Thursday even as election supervisors were still counting votes and the margin between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney remained tight.
2. REP. WEST'S ELECTION FIGHT WITH MURPHY HEADS TO COURT: Democrat Patrick Murphy says he's heading to Washington next week. He leads in the District 18 congressional race against incumbent Congressman Alan West, but the Republican has refused to concede and is taking his battle to court.
3. SEXUAL BATTERY CASE AGAINST TEEN DROPPED: Prosecutors are dropping the sexual battery case against a Jacksonville teen accused of killing one younger brother and molesting another.
4. FAIR DISTRICTS A FACTOR IN ELECTION RESULTS: Redistricting and a pair of state constitutional amendments designed to remove gerrymandering from that process contributed to more competitive legislative and congressional races in Florida this year. They also helped Democrats make some gains at the polls on Election Day.
5. FPL CREWS RESTORING POWER IN NORTHEAST: Florida Power & Light Co. crews are still working to restore power to the Northeast, where millions who lost electricity in Hurricane Sandy now face frigid temperatures and snow.
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