10 Things to Know for Today

by AP

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An anti-government protester hugs a Thai policewomen outside city police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. Anti-government protesters swarmed into the Thai prime minister's office compound Tuesday as police stood by and watched, allowing them to claim a symbolic victory after three days of bitter clashes. Hundreds of protesters poured onto the lawn of Government House, waving Thai flags and blowing whistles to celebrate a symbolic victory. (AP Photo /Manish Swarup)


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

1. SPEEDING TRAIN CRASH RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFETY MEASURES

Some experts say the Metro-North derailment could have been avoided if an automated crash-prevention technology had been installed on the system.

2. HOW OBAMA IS TRYING TO MOVE PAST HEALTH CARE SITE ISSUES

The president is focusing on the benefits of the law while accusing the GOP of trying to take them away without offering alternatives.

3. UKRAINE'S GOVERNMENT WINS CONFIDENCE VOTE

Despite continued protests over EU snub, the president's party defeats no-confidence motion in parliament.

4. BIDEN SEEKS TO REASSURE JAPAN OVER CHINA'S AIR DEFENSE ZONE

The vice president says the U.S. is "deeply concerned" about Beijing's unilateral change of the status quo in the East China Sea.

5. PROTESTERS STORM PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE COMPOUND IN BANGKOK

In a reversal of tactic, Thai police remove barricades and don't stop demonstrators' moves.

6. PORTRAIT EMERGES OF DETAINED AMERICAN IN NORTH KOREA

The 85-year-old war vet is remembered affectionately by members of his once-feared South Korean guerrilla group.

7. VIN DIESEL VISITS PAUL WALKER CRASH SITE

The "Fast and Furious" actor attended a private memorial service before thanking fans for paying their respects to his late co-star.

8. ISRAELIS PIT BIBI VS. BOUGIE

In a country with a tough militaristic image, people often call politicians and army leaders by their colorful childhood nicknames.

9. JAPAN'S TRADITIONAL CUISINE SEEKS GLOBAL HERITAGE NOD

Chefs say Japanese "washoku" cooking, which symbolizes harmony and uses seasonal flavors, is threatened by the rise of fast food staples such as McDonald's and Krispy Kreme.

10. SEAHAWKS CLINCH BERTH, EYE HOMEFIELD

Russell Wilson throws three touchdown passes and Seattle becomes the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 win over New Orleans.



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