TGIF! 15+ things to know for Friday

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

1. WHEN US TROOPS WILL PULL OUT OF AFGHANISTAN: That will be the topic of discussion between Obama and Karzai when they meet today.

2. WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO DO ABOUT GUNS: A consensus is emerging to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and tighten background checks.

3. THIS SEASON'S PERFECT ACCESSORY: THE HANKIE: Flu in the U.S. has struck early and, in many places, hard.

4. BOMBINGS KILL AT LEAST 120 IN PAKISTAN: Toll includes 86 dead in an attack on a crowded billiards hall.

5. HOW A MOM REACTED WHEN HER SON WAS FOUND: Lisa Harter was "jumping up and down for joy" when she heard police discovered him 19 years after his abduction.

6. REPORT CALLS SAVILE'S SEX ABUSE 'UNPRECEDENTED': Police say the late entertainer committed more than 200 sex crimes on children and teens.

7. WHY GASOLINE SHOULD BE CHEAPER IN THE NEW YEAR: Forecasters point to ample oil supplies and weak U.S. demand.

8. A BEAUTY QUEEN SENDS A MESSAGE ABOUT BREAST CANCER: Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will undergo a double mastectomy after the disease killed her mother, an aunt and her grandmother.

9. SPACE ROCK A THREAT? HEAVENS, NO: Scientists now say an asteroid feared to be on a collision course with Earth in about 20 years will miss us by a long shot.

10. WHO IS SUING JENNI RIVERA'S COMPANY: Relatives of four passengers killed with the singer in a plane crash claim she was negligent in choosing the jet.

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5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA

1. FLORIDA TO SPEND $60 MILLION FROM BANKS SETTLEMENT: Florida is nearly doubling the amount of money available to help first time homebuyers under a plan going before state lawmakers next week. A legislative panel is expected to sign off on spending $60 million.

2. OFFICIALS HOPE CANAL PROJECT IMPROVES FLORIDA BAY:

Officials are hoping that a long-awaited Everglades restoration project will improve the health of the ailing Florida Bay. The South Florida Water Management District is officially dedicating the so-called C-111 Spreader Canal on Friday.

3. GATOR IN CAGE, TORTOISE IN POOL: Police and code enforcement officers responding to a complaint discovered dozens of animals — including an alligator in a cage and tortoises in the swimming pool — at a home in Clearwater.

4. MIAMI'S HAITIAN COMMUNITY MARKS QUAKE ANNIVERSARY: Miami's Haitian community is marking the third anniversary of a catastrophic earthquake in their Caribbean homeland. One survivor of the Jan. 12, 2010, quake that struck Haiti's capital is returning to the Miami hospital that treated his injuries. Violinist Romel Joseph will perform Friday at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Joseph was one of 205 Haitians flown for treatment at Jackson after the earthquake.

5. KEY WEST LITERARY SEMINAR BEGINS: Noted American and international writers are exploring the lives and work of literary icons from Sylvia Plath to Ernest Hemingway on the island that was once home to Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. The first session of the 31st annual Key West Literary Seminar, themed "Writers on Writers," began Thursday night with an address by biographer and critic Phyllis Rose.

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

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