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10 things to know for today, Dec. 10

By The Associated Press

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

1. ART DIDN’T IMITATE LIFE – SENATE REPORT SAYS TORTURE DIDN’T HELP BIN LADEN HUNT

Investigators discredit long-held CIA assertion, which was also depicted in the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques helped locate the al-Qaida leader.

2. OBAMA STRUGGLES TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM BUSH LEGACY

The Senate CIA report brings the brutal practices under the former president back into the public domain, overshadowing the current administration’s moves to curb torture.

3. PALESTINIAN OFFICIAL DIES AFTER ISRAEL TROOP CLASH

Cabinet member Ziad Abu Ain died shortly after a West Bank protest in which witnesses say Israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of Palestinians marchers.

4. EBOLA PATIENT ZERO BRINGS STIGMA TO GUINEAN VILLAGE

A two-year-old boy was the first victim of the current outbreak in West Africa. His hometown is struggling with the grief, poverty and desertion that the disease has brought.

5. NOBEL LAUREATE MALALA PREDICTS CHANGE IS COMING

In an interview with The Associated Press, Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai says she hopes that her prize will inspire young girls all over the world to fight for their rights.

6. FINAL HOURS FOR HONG KONG DEMOCRACY PROTEST CAMP

Demonstrators vow to stay until the last minute before authorities clear them from their encampment in a busy business district.

7. CONGRESS TESTS SPENDING BILL

A massive $1.1 trillion proposal would avert a government shutdown. But both Democrats and Republicans have misgivings about its details.

8. WHOSE VERDICT CAN BE APPEALED

A South African judge gives the go-ahead for prosecutors to appeal the acquittal of double-amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius on murder charges.

9. HUMPBACKS FLOCKING TO NYC WATERS

Naturalists are marveling at the frequent sightings of one of the biggest species ever to live on the planet within miles of the Empire State Building.

10. NFL’S CAM NEWTON INJURED

The Panthers quarterback suffers fractures to his lower back in a two-vehicle crash near the team’s stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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