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December 21, 2012

10 Things to Know for Friday

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

1. WHEN IT'S TIME FOR 'PLAN C'

Facing a revolt by the rank and file, House Republicans scuttle plans to vote on the so-called Plan B, a proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

2. HOW BIG PHARMA IS CASHING IN ON HGH ABUSE

An AP investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has driven record sales of the drug.

3. A WEEK LATER, REMEMBERING SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

Many plan a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and buildings in Connecticut with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times.

4. WHERE CHRISTMAS WILL BE WHITE, AND ROADS TREACHEROUS

Whiteout conditions in the Midwest are closing interstate highways and canceling flights of holiday travelers.

5. EGYPT GEARING UP FOR PROTESTS AHEAD OF CONSTITUTION VOTE

Backers of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi head toward the presidential palace while liberal and secular groups camp out at Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square.

6. JAPAN'S NEXT LEADER WANTS FREER REIN FOR MILITARY

Shinzo Abe vows a review of post-WWII security policies and proposes ideas that range from changing the name of the military to revising the constitution.

7. FACEBOOK EYES NEW REVENUE

Users would pay $1 to send messages to the inboxes of non-friends under a service the social network is testing.

8. THE END MAY BE NEAR. JUST NOT THIS NEAR

The Mayans' appointed time comes and goes with no sign of the apocalypse.

9. 'SANDY CLAUS' DELIVERS TOYS TO STORM-STRICKEN KIDS

Michael Sciaraffo is playing the role of Saint Nick and heading out to storm-ravaged homes to deliver new toys to kids whose play rooms were destroyed by floodwaters.

10. NHL CANCELS GAMES THROUGH MID-JANUARY

The impasse with the players union has caused more than half the season to be lost — and the rest is now in danger.

 

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

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  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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  • Mankato.jpg Players protest rehiring of fired Minnesota coach

    The University of Minnesota-Mankato football team Wednesday boycotted the fired head coach who won his job back in an arbitrator's ruling last week, nearly two years after fighting accusations of child pornography and other misconduct.

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  • 10 Things to Know for Today

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  • Court to weigh challenge to ban WASHINGTON (AP) -- As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a fact

    April 17, 2014

  • Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

    A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

    Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

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  • Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

    Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another.

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  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

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