Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. EGYPT BALLOON ACCIDENT KILLS 19 TOURISTS: French and British nationals were among the victims of the crash of the hot air balloon into sugar cane fields near the famed ancient city of Luxor.
2. MIDWEST BRACES FOR SECOND BLIZZARD: Kansas City declared a state of emergency after the storm lashed the Texas Panhandle with hurricane-force winds.
3. DOOMSDAY PREDICTIONS FOR AUTOMATIC BUDGET CUTS: Obama is drumming up public concern with predictions of lost military resources, jobless benefits and vital services.
4. STAKES HIGH FOR IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS: World powers are offering Iran new sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, but set low expectations for diplomatic talks beginning today.
5. ROCKET FIRED FROM GAZA INTO ISRAEL: The attack into the southern city of Ashkelon caused no injuries but raised tensions two weeks ahead of Obama's visit to Israel.
6. LESSONS FROM A CAREER WITH FOUR POPES: AP correspondent Victor L. Simpson says that over 35 years, he's learned popes can be forthcoming when on planes.
7. FIRST TERROR ATTACK ON WORLD TRADE CENTER: Today is the 20th anniversary of the 1993 truck bombing that killed six people and injured more than 1,000.
8. HOW A FORMER SURGEON GENERAL SURPRISED CONSERVATIVES: The late C. Everett Koop set aside his personal views on homosexuality and become a leader in sex education to prevent the spread of AIDS.
9. GET READY FOR .APP, .VEGAS, .TECH AND MORE: By year's end, hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival ".com" should be available for people and businesses to use.
10. WHAT IT MEANS WHEN YOUR MESSAGES AREN'T ANSWERED: Sometimes there's a technical glitch that gets in the way of receiving it. Or, they just don't want to talk to you.
5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA
1. MINDY MCCREADY'S FUNERAL HELD IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: Mindy McCready's funeral is being held in her hometown of Fort Myers. The funeral for the late country star will be at Tuesday at Crossroads Baptist Church. A memorial is scheduled in Nashville next month.
2. FORMER SALVADORAN GENERAL TO TAKE STAND AT HEARING: A former Central American general accused of human rights abuses during El Salvador's brutal civil war is expected to take the stand in his defense at a deportation hearing. Jose Guillermo Garcia is scheduled to deliver testimony Tuesday at an immigration court in Miami.
3. COURT CONSIDERING FLORIDA KILLER'S LAST-DITCH APPEAL: A federal court is considering a last-ditch appeal from South Florida drug trafficker who was convicted of killing a state trooper with a pipe bomb 21 years ago. Paul Augustus Howell was set to die by lethal injection Tuesday at Florida State Prison near Starke, but the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. District of Appeal on Monday temporarily blocked the execution until it could hear the merits of his case.
4. TESTIMONY CONTINUES IN CHILD SEX TOURISM CASE: A Michigan man accused of sexually abusing Haitian children is scheduled to continue testifying in Miami federal court. Matthew Andrew Carter first took the stand Friday. The Brighton, Mich., man will resume his testimony Tuesday morning.
5. JURY TO GET FLORIDA TALIBAN TERROR SUPPORT CASE: Jurors are set to deliberate in the trial of an elderly Muslim cleric accused of funneling money to the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group. The Miami federal court jury was scheduled Tuesday to get 77-year-old Hafiz Khan's case after hearing final arguments from lawyers. The imam at a Miami mosque is accused of conspiracy and support for terrorism by providing about $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban.
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