Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHAT EXPERTS ARE SAYING ABOUT NORTH KOREA THREATS: They say Pyongyang lacks the technology for a nuclear strike on the U.S. and analysts say the rhetoric has the added effect of reaching North Korea's own people.
2. WHO WILL ATTEND CHAVEZ'S FUNERAL: At 10:30 a.m., world leaders and celebrities will join Venezuelans to honor and mourn the late socialist leader in a funeral shrouded in astonishing secrecy.
3. HOW THE BUDGET BATTLE MAY AFFECT WORKERS: Federal workers at HUD, Homeland Security and the EPA face the possibility of furloughs — of varying lengths.
4. WHO IS OPPOSED TO TSA ACTION: Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to a new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment onto planes.
5. THE LIKELY CAUSE OF LION MAULING: The 550-pound lion that killed a 24-year-old volunteer at a California animal park likely escaped from a feeding cage and attacked her while she was cleaning its larger enclosure area, authorities say.
6. AL-QAIDA LEADER FACING JUSTICE IN U.S.: Captured in Jordan, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and a member of his inner circle — is to appear at 10 a.m. in a federal court in New York.
7. CALLING IT A POLITICAL CAREER: Democrat Carl Levin, a six-term senator, will not seek re-election in 2014, calling his decision "extremely difficult because I love representing the people of Michigan."
8. RACISTS NEED NOT APPLY: A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test in a bid to keep bigots off his force.
9. WHAT YOUR FACEBOOK NEWS FEED WILL LOOK LIKE: The social network is revamping its main feature to make it appear more like the different sections of a newspaper.
10. BIEBS FEELIN' BETTER: Justin Bieber says he is "getting better," after fainting backstage at a concert in London, and the venue says tonight's show is scheduled to go ahead as planned.
5 THINGS TO KNOW TODAY IN FLORIDA
1. PANEL TO CONSIDER ENDING FLORIDA STATE PENSION PLAN: A House panel will begin consideration of a proposal to end guaranteed pensions for new teachers and state and county employees. The House Government Operations subcommittee on Friday will take up a bill (HB 7011) that could do away with traditional pensions for workers hired after January 2014. It would replace pensions with individual investment accounts similar to 401(k) plans.
2. TOURISTS SPENT RECORD AMOUNT IN FLORIDA LAST YEAR: Tourists visiting the Sunshine State spent more money last year than ever before. Gov. Rick Scott said on Thursday that visitors spent a record $71.1 billion in 2012. That's a nearly 7 percent increase over 2011 which was also a record year.
3. U.S. HOUSE PANEL HEARING ON COURT SPACE WASTE: A congressional panel is holding a hearing in Miami on why federal courthouses often have so much unused space and why some buildings sit vacant for years. The House Oversight and Government Reform panel is meeting Friday at Miami Dade College.
4. ELDERLY COUPLE DEAD AFTER HOUSE FIRE: Authorities say an elderly couple was found dead following a Southwest Florida house fire. The Punta Gorda Fire Department reports that police initially responded to the home Thursday, and the fire was already out with firefighters arrived. Rescuers found the elderly couple inside.
5. WOMAN GETS LIFE FOR FATAL CRASH DURING ESCAPE: A Tampa Bay area woman has been sentenced to life in prison for causing a fatal crash while fleeing authorities. A Hernando County judge sentenced 23-year-old Brittany Miles on Thursday after a jury convicted her of first-degree felony murder.
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