published Thursday, December 5th, 2013

10 things to know for today

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    In this photo taken Nov. 22, 2013m Herb Weatherwax, seated, poses for a photo with Hauula Elementary School sixth graders from left Dawson Langinbelik, Rachel Cheney, Frank Kojima, La'a Beatty, Chase Colleado, Makoa Ahquin-Soren and Keola Baily in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The 96-year-old retired electrician is one of four Pearl Harbor survivors who volunteers to greet visitors at the historic site. On Saturday is the 72nd anniversary of the 1941 attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

  1. NORTHERN PLAINS FACE ARCTIC BLAST

A cold snap is causing the mercury to drop to sub-zero temperatures in North Dakota and Montana and will continue through the weekend.

  1. MEXICAN TROOPS SEEK WAYS TO DEAL WITH RADIOACTIVE SHIPMENT

Police officers are guarding the highly-radioactive cobalt-60 material that was in a stolen truck in central Mexico until they find a way to transport it safely.

  1. OFFICIALS SAY 18 SOLDIERS KILLED IN YEMEN SUICIDE BOMBING

Troops later killed 12 gunmen who arrived minutes after the explosion at the defense ministry.

  1. "HIGHWAY HYPNOSIS" MAY HAVE CAUSED METRO-NORTH CRASH

Driving along long, monotonous routes makes drivers experience a semi-trance -- much like the one the train's engineer was in according to his lawyer.

  1. WHO IS GREETING VISITORS AT PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL

Four surviving veterans from the attack, all in their 90s, volunteer at the site which witnessed a bloody bombing 72 years ago this week.

  1. WHY VENEZUELA AND BITLY ARE AT ODDS WITH EACH OTHER

The Latin American nation is censoring the Web-address shortening service which Venezuelans use to spread news of their freefalling currency.

  1. DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES STRANDED IN EVERGLADES

Eleven have died and wildlife workers are trying to lead the remaining 41 out of dangerously shallow waters.

  1. 2014 COLOR OF THE YEAR HAS INNOVATIVE, FLATTERING TONES

Radiant Orchid, a version of purple, will replace emerald green as designers' shade of choice.

  1. 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."

  1. HEISMAN HOPEFUL TO FIND OUT HIS FATE

Jameis Winston, quarterback for top-ranked Florida State, will find out whether a prosecutor will charge him with sexual assault.

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