TGIF! 15+ things to know for Friday

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

1. PETRAEUS SPEAKS, BUT NOT ON SEX SCANDAL: The former CIA director testifies at 7:30 a.m. in Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on the Libyan U.S. Consulate.

2. "FISCAL CLIFF" SHOWDOWN AT THE WHITE HOUSE: The president meets congressional leaders facing a tricky path to compromise.

3. WHAT $4.5 BILLION OIL SPILL SETTLEMENT MEANS FOR BP'S BOTTOM LINE: It may sound like a lot — but consider that the British oil giant made $5.5 billion in one quarter.

4. WOUNDED VETERANS JUMP OUT OF A FREIGHT TRAIN'S PATH: Four people died when the Texas parade float was hit at a railroad crossing.

5. AN OFFER TO HOLD FIRE IN GAZA: Israel agrees to suspend its offensive while the Egyptian premier visits, but Palestinians keep firing rockets.

6. HOW LONG IS TOO LONG TO TURN THE POWER BACK ON: The AP's Jonathan Fahey reports power came back after Sandy a little faster than to victims of other storms.

7. STATES TO REVEAL CHOICES ON OBAMACARE: After two years of political battles and a Supreme Court case, many if not most states are expected to tell the federal government Friday if they're willing carry out a key part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

8. HEALTH CARE BENEFITS, A LA CARTE: More employees face puzzling choices as employers move away from one-size-fits-all insurance.

9. JESSE & JOY ALMOST SWEEP LATIN GRAMMYS: The Mexican brother-sister duo and their pop hit 'Corre!' win four awards, but lose best album to Colombian rockero Juanes.

10. THE END OF TWINKIES? Hostess Brands Inc. is to announce whether it will liquidate while workers are on strike.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW IN FLORIDA TODAY

1. FLORIDA'S TOURISM ON PACE FOR ANOTHER RECORD YEAR: Florida's tourism industry is on pace for another record year. VISIT FLORIDA, the state's public-private tourism agency, on Thursday released a preliminary estimate showing the state had 21.9 million visitors in the third quarter of 2012.

2. STATE SET TO ANNOUNCE OCTOBER UNEMPLOYMENT REPORT: Florida labor officials are set to announce the state's first unemployment figures since President Barack Obama was re-elected last week. Gov. Rick Scott is hoping October's figures will be improved from the state's 8.7 percent unemployment in September.

3. 2ND BACTERIAL MENINGITIS DEATH IN SOUTH FLORIDA: Health officials say a second deadly case of bacterial meningitis has been confirmed in South Florida. Miami-Dade County officials say 25-year-old Bryant De La Cruz died Tuesday morning. A Coral Reef High School student died last month.

4. FIGHTER JET CRASHES NEAR FLORIDA AIR FORCE BASE: An Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet crashed near a Florida Panhandle highway Thursday, but the pilot was able to eject safely and the military says there were no injuries on the ground.

5. MAN TO GET 25 YEARS FOR KILLING FATHER: A Tampa Bay area man will be sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his father. As part of a deal with Hernando County prosecutors, 41-year-old Christopher Burke pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder.

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

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