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10 things to know for today, Dec. 22

By The Associated Press

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

1. POLICE DEPARTMENTS ON ALERT AFTER COP KILLINGS

The rank and file is warned to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media after the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers.

2. RELATIVES FINALLY ABLE TO SAY GOODBYE TO 2004 TSUNAMI VICTIMS

An Associated Press investigation helps track down two families in Myanmar who didn’t know their loved ones were laid to rest at a cemetery in southern Thailand.

3. WHO THREATENS TO STRIKE U.S.

“Our toughest counteraction will be boldly taken against the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland,” — says North Korea in response to “reckless” rumors over a Sony cyberattack.

4. EXPERTS EXPECT SURGE IN CUBA TOURISM

Obama’s historic opening goes far beyond the highly regulated “people-to-people” travel and could sharply increase the number of U.S. visitors in the coming years.

5. REPUBLICANS IN CHARGE OF SENATE — BUT 2016 AWAITS

A much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority.

6. NEARLY 800 CHILDREN DIE OF ABUSE AS OFFICIALS FAIL TO PROTECT

Many of them were beaten, starved or left alone to drown, while authorities had good reason to know they were in danger, The AP has found.

7. HEARING SET FOR EX-PATRIOT FACING MURDER TRIAL

A court in Fall River will focus on jury issues in the case against Aaron Hernandez.

8. IRAQI REALITY SHOW’S UNUSUAL CAST MEMBERS

“In the Grip of the Law” brings convicted terrorists face-to-face with victims in surreal encounters and celebrates the country’s beleaguered security forces.

9. ABANDONED ASBESTOS MINES A HAZARD IN INDIA

The waste spills in a gash down the flank of a lush hill above tribal villages in the country’s east, still sickening their residents.

10. MOROCCO’S TRANSGENDER DANCER COURTS ACCEPTANCE

Noor’s ability to transcend the restrictions of her culture speaks to a certain kind of tolerance toward sexual minorities in this North African nation.

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