Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:
1. OBAMA MAKES HIS CASE FOR AVOIDING THE 'FISCAL CLIFF': The president will meet with small business owners at the White House today and with middle-class families tomorrow.
2. EGYPT'S PRESIDENT DEFENDS HIS SEIZURE OF NEW POWERS: Anger over Morsi's stand mounts as his opponents are expected to take to the streets in protest.
3. BANGLADESH MOURNS THOSE LOST IN FACTORY FIRE: A national day of mourning is declared for the 112 who died in the weekend blaze, the deadliest of many recent fires at garment factories in the country.
4. HOW NEW LEVEES PRESENT A PROBLEM FOR NEW ORLEANS: The Army Corps of Engineers spent $12 billion building protective barriers, but city officials aren't sure where they will get $38 million a year for their upkeep.
5. WHAT U.N. CLIMATE TALKS SAY CONTRIBUTES TO GLOBAL WARMING: A U.N. report says a thawing in the permafrost that covers almost a quarter of the northern hemisphere is one of the latest concerns among scientists.
6. POWERBALL JACKPOT SWELLS TO RECORD $425 MILLION: But consider: The odds of your being struck by lightning are 1 in 5,000. The odds of winning Wednesday's jackpot? One in 175 million.
7. WHOSE STAR IS RISING FOR SECRETARY OF STATE: As congressional opposition softens, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is the clear front-runner to succeed Hillary Clinton.
8. A SEARCH FOR CLUES IN ARAFAT'S REMAINS: The late Palestinian leader's body is exhumed from his grave as forensic experts look for more information about his death.
9. WHY AN ACTOR IS TURNING AGAINST HIS OWN HIT TV SHOW: Citing the Bible, Angus T. Jones, youthful star on the comedy "Two and a Half Men," says the show is "filth" and no one should watch it.
10. FEDERAL MEDIATORS TO JOIN NHL LOCKOUT TALKS: Hockey players and management have not negotiated since last Wednesday, and more than a third of the regular season has already been canceled.
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