published Monday, December 10th, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

This combo image made of file photos from Feb. 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, left, and Feb. 15, 2012 in New York, right, shows TV personality Star Jones. Jones, who underwent open heart surgery three years ago at age 47 and now urges awareness about heart disease among black women, was met by an overflow crowd earlier this year when she convened a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel on black women and obesity. (AP Photos, File)
This combo image made of file photos from Feb. 5, 2005 in Los Angeles, left, and Feb. 15, 2012 in New York, right, shows TV personality Star Jones. Jones, who underwent open heart surgery three years ago at age 47 and now urges awareness about heart disease among black women, was met by an overflow crowd earlier this year when she convened a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation panel on black women and obesity. (AP Photos, File)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

1. THE WILD CARD IN THE 'FISCAL CLIFF' SHOWDOWN

Lawmakers fear that unpredictable financial markets could trigger a panicky sell-off if a deal isn't reached.

2. MEXICO MOURNING A SUPERSTAR

Jenni Rivera, whose soulful voice sold more than 15 million records, is presumed dead in a plane crash.

3. DRAFT CHARTER POLARIZES EGYPT

A proposed constitution divides the country, with Morsi and his Islamist backers in one camp; secularists and leftists in the other.

4. SPECIAL OPS CASUALTY IN RESCUE

A U.S. service member was killed during the Afghanistan mission that freed an American doctor.

5. BOARDWALKS WITHOUT THE BOARDS AFTER SANDY

Some New Jersey shore towns are debating whether to use synthetic materials instead of wood. New York City will rebuild with concrete.

6. WHAT BLACK WOMEN ARE DOING TO FIGHT OBESITY

Spelman College disbanded its NCAA teams to focus on campus wellness and two cousins started black women's running groups across the U.S.

7. COURT DATE IN NYC HOTEL MAID'S SUIT VS. STRAUSS-KAHN

The former IMF chief won't attend a New York City hearing at 2 p.m. to discuss a settlement in a sex assault case with a hotel housekeeper.

8. FAMILY MASSACRE AT INDIAN RESERVATION

California police say a man killed his mother, 8-year-old daughter and two uncles before dying in a shootout with police.

9. MYSTERY OF MANDELA'S ILLNESS

The 94-year-old former South African president is hospitalized for undisclosed reasons.

10. AN APOLOGY BEFORE 'CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON' CONCERT

Before appearing, 'Gangnam Style' rapper PSY said he was sorry for rants against U.S. troops.

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