Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. FOR ARMSTRONG, NOT AS EASY AS RIDING A BIKE: Lance Armstrong acknowledges in a TV interview what he has lied about repeatedly for years: He used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France a record seven times.
2. WHY THE GOP WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier to win — and the proposed change appears to be gaining momentum.
3. ALGERIA STANDOFF NOT OVER: Britain says the hostage crisis "remains ongoing" after an Algerian raid on the gas plant to wipe out Islamists and free captives from at least 10 countries turned deadly.
4. A SOMBER REOPENING FOR COLORADO MOVIE THEATER: Some Aurora victims recount how gunman James Holmes massacred 12 people; others refuse to even set foot in the former Century 16 theater.
5. WHAT NEW TOOL THOSE WITH FOOD ALLERGIES HAVE: Legal challenges under the federal disabilities law. And that could impact menus offered by schools, restaurants and anyone else that serves food.
6. OBAMA'S UNPRECEDENTED MOVE TO KICKSTART AGENDA: The president's political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind his second-term agenda.
7. HOW THE GROUNDING OF 787s MAY IMPACT BOEING: The maker of the technologically advanced Dreamliner faces an uncertain future, depending on how fliers react to its mechanical woes.
8. ACID ATTACK ON FORMER BALLET STAR: Sergei Filin, artistic director of the world famous Bolshoi Theater's ballet troupe, was splashed and may lose his eyesight.
9. WHAT WOULD MAKE PALESTINIANS DESPONDENT IF NETANYAHU'S RE-ELECTED: They fear the Israeli hardliner's plans for settlement construction over the next four years could prove fatal to their dreams of a state.
10. NOTRE DAME STAR PERPETUATED TALE OF "GIRLFRIEND": An AP review finds that Manti Te'o talked about his doomed love in interviews not once but twice after the day he and the university say he learned that she never existed.
5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA
1. STATE OFFICIALS READY DECEMBER JOBLESS NUMBERS: State labor officials are hoping December's unemployment figures will reflect some seasonal employment that leads to more improvement in the state jobs market. The numbers are to be announced Friday by the Department of Economic Opportunity.
2. JUDGE REFUSES TO DISMISS REDISTRICTING CASE: A judge is refusing to dismiss a pair of challenges to the Florida Senate's redistricting map. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis in Tallahassee on Thursday rejected the state's argument that only the Florida Supreme Court can decide legislative redistricting cases, saying that "flies in the face of case law."
3. 2 PLANES DAMAGED IN CRASH AT MIAMI AIRPORT: Officials are investigating after a passenger plane clipped another plane near a gate at Miami International Airport. No one was injured Thursday evening, but both planes were damaged, one on its wingtip and the other on its tail section.
4. UNDERWATER PHOTO EXHIBIT MAKES LAND DEBUT: An Austrian art photographer's exhibit, once displayed 95 feet deep on a sunken ship in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, has debuted onshore. Andreas Franke's "The Sinking World" opened Thursday night at The Studios of Key West. The exhibit features digitally composited images of the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a former military vessel scuttled in 2009 to become an artificial reef off Key West.
5. SOUTH BEACH 'B-GIRL' SCAM LEADER FACES SENTENCING: The ringleader of a Russian-mob connected South Beach scam involving so-called "B-Girls" and wealthy male tourists is facing sentencing in Miami federal court. Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for leniency in Friday's sentencing of 46-year-old Alec Simchuk, who voluntarily returned from Russia, pleaded guilty and testified against others.
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