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10 things to know for today, Dec. 11

By The Associated Press

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

1. AP INVESTIGATION: WASHINGTON INFILTRATED CUBA’S HIP-HOP SCENE

The U.S. Agency for International Development sought to turn Cuban youths against the government through the underground music scene.

2. THE AGENCY STRIKES BACK, STEPS UP CAMPAIGN TO DISCREDIT TORTURE REPORT

The CIA and several of its past leaders are fighting findings in the document that point to harrowing investigation techniques.

3. DISPUTE OVER WHAT KILLED PALESTINIAN CABINET MEMBER

The Palestinians’ pathologist says the minister died from a blow to his body in an anti-Israeli demonstration, while Israel’s says a blockage of a coronary artery caused his death.

4. HONG KONG POLICE ARREST PROTESTERS

After trying to clear the main protest site in the business hub, officers detain demonstrators who are refusing to leave, locking arms and lying on the ground to resist them.

5. APP DEVELOPED FOR ‘DRIVING WHILE BLACK’ MOTORISTS

Developers want to give drivers of all races some common sense advice on how to react when police stop them on the road.

6. WHAT THE TEA PARTY AND THE DEMOCRATS NOW HAVE IN COMMON

Both sides are critical of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that is needed to avoid a government shutdown.

7. WHERE 120 SYRIAN REFUGEES ARE HEADING

The small number of displaced families will soon find homes in Uruguay, 7,400 miles away from their homeland and worlds away from their former lives.

8. COMEDY FINDS SHELTER IN GLOBES

The genre, which is often edged out by serious films at the Oscars, gets as many awards as drama at the Golden Globes.

9. HOW MCDONALD’S INTENDS TO BOOST ITS BRAND

As U.S. sales continue to slip, the company is making changes aimed at persuading health-minded customers that it doesn’t serve junk food.

10. NFL OWNERS OK CHANGES IN PLAYER CONDUCT RULES

A special counsel will be hired to oversee investigations and initial discipline – though Commissioner Goodell will still rule on any appeals.

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