Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. STORMS TURN DEADLY IN US SOUTH
An 18-year-old woman is killed when a tree falls on a house in Arkansas, and 3 others are confirmed dead after tornadoes sweep through Mississippi.
2. BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTERS TAKE MESSAGE TO MINNEAPOLIS MALL, AIRPORT
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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at the Mall of America and some blocked access to a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport terminal to draw attention to a recent police shootings.
3. PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHOOTER WANTS TO REPRESENT HIMSELF IN COURT
The man charged with killing 3 people says he can’t trust his attorney and wants to fire him.
4. BEN CARSON SUGGESTS CAMPAIGN SHAKEUP ON THE WAY – OR IS IT?
The GOP candidate tells the Associated Press that “personnel changes” could be coming, but later says he is confident in his campaign team.
5. WHY SOME US LAWMAKERS, ACTIVISTS, OFFICIALS SAY DRONE STRIKE POLICY SHIFT COULD MEAN MORE CIVILIAN DEATHS
Switching oversight from Congress to the military means congressional aides aren’t reviewing details of every strike, which could increase chance of civilian fatalities, they say.
6. KEY LOTTERY LEADER ON INDEFINITE LEAVE AFTER JACKPOT-FIXING SCANDAL
The head of the Multi-State Lottery Association, Charles Strutt, was quietly removed in wake of ex-security director’s conviction for fraud.
7. JERRY SANDUSKY GETS $211,00 PENSION CHECK
A court ruled the state pension system should not have forfeited his payments because he wasn’t a university employee at the time of the sexual abuses for which he was convicted.
8. HOW AIRLINES ARE PREPARING FOR THE CHRISTMAS TRAVEL CRUSH
With rain and fog causing delays in the Northeast, airlines are shifting the timing of flights, adding redeyes, and using bigger planes.
9. PROCRASTINATION PAYS OFF FOR LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY SHOPPERS
Market data suggests that hundreds of top gifts are selling up to 40 percent below Black Friday prices.
10. WHERE’S SANTA’S HOME BASE? NORDIC NATIONS SAY, “HE’S HERE!”
Towns in Finland, Sweden and Norway are all competing for the cash and cachet that comes with claiming to be Santa Claus’ main residence.