10 Things to Know for Thursday

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This screen shot taken on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 in Mexico City, from the website of the National Commission on Nuclear Safety and Safeguards of Mexico\'s Energy Secretary, shows a message asking for help in the search for a stolen cargo truck hauling medical equipment with extremely dangerous radioactive material after it was stolen in Tepojaco, Hidalgo state, north of Mexico City. (AP Photo/website of the CNSNS)

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

1. XI, BIDEN CLASH IN BEIJING

After 5½ hours of talks between the two leaders, there's no sign of progress toward defusing tension over China's new air defense zone in the East China Sea.

2. TRUCK CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL STOLEN IN MEXICO

The extremely hazardous shipment of cobalt-60 is later found in an empty lot, not far from the abandoned truck.

3. RECORDINGS OF CONN. SCHOOL 911 CALLS RELEASED

The calls paint a picture of anguish inside Sandy Hook Elementary as shots are heard, while dispatchers mobilize help and urge callers to take cover.

4. WHAT MIGHT HAVE CAUSED NYC TRAIN ENGINEER'S 'DAZE'

A phenomenon called "highway hypnosis" can lull long-distance drivers on monotonous routes into a semi-trance.

5. HEZBOLLAH INCREASINGLY UNDER ASSAULT

Wednesday's killing of a commander, an assassination that reverberated across the Mideast, is only the latest in a series of recent attacks against the group.

6. WHICH ECONOMIC PROBLEM OBAMA IS FOCUSING ON

The growing gap between America's rich and poor is a "defining challenge of our time," he declares.

7. DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES STRANDED IN EVERGLADES

Several have died and the challenges of rescuing the others in the dangerous shallow waters are "very, very difficult," a wildlife worker says.

8. RARE SET OF IDENTICAL TRIPLETS BORN

A doctor at the California hospital where Hannah Hepner gave birth says the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs are at least 1 in a million.

9. MSNBC'S MARTIN BASHIR RESIGNS

After his inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin, the talk show host says he now wants his colleagues to "be allowed to focus on the issues that matter."

10. WHO'S $100,000 POORER

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is fined for interfering with a Baltimore player on a kickoff return during Pittsburgh's 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.

 
 
 

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