Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. HUNG JURY IN TRIAL OF OFFICER IN FREDDIE GRAY CASE
The prosecution can choose to retry William Porter in the death of Gray, who suffered a broken neck while riding in a Baltimore police van.
2. WHAT FED RATE HIKE MEANS FOR CONSUMERS
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Rates on credit cards and home equity loans and credit lines will most likely rise, though probably only slightly.
3. US, CUBA NEAR DEAL ON RESTORING COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS
The diplomatic advance would help open the way for U.S. airlines to begin flying to Cuba within months.
4. FBI: SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTERS EXCHANGED ONLY PRIVATE MESSAGES ADVOCATING JIHAD
The agency’s disclosure rebuts reports suggesting that background checks had failed to detect radical comments posted publicly on social media.
5. HOW SENATE MAY RESPOND TO TERROR ATTACKS
Following the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, debate on NSA National Security Agency wire-tapping authority may be re-opened, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tells the AP.
6. OBAMA TO SIGN MASSIVE BUDGET BILL, DESPITE RESERVATIONS
Among items he objects to, the White House says, is a GOP provision lifting the 40-year-old ban on exporting crude oil from the U.S.
7. COVER-UP OF MASSACRE ALLEGED
Nigerian troops are burying the bodies of hundreds of victims of an alleged massacre of Shiite Muslims to hide the death toll, a Shiite group says.
8. WHY GOOGLE’S EXPRESSING ‘GRAVE DISAPPOINTMENT’
California regulators erect hurdles to the Silicon Valley giant’s plan to market self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals.
9. CRITICS GIVE NEW ‘STAR WARS’ THUMBS UP
“The Force is back. Big time,” says The Hollywood Reporter, whose enthusiastic review is typical of reaction to the flick.
10. ABBY WAMBACH CONTENT WITH DECISION TO RETIRE
“If I can’t be the best at what I do, it’s time for me to move on,” says Wambach, the face of U.S. women’s soccer for the past decade.