10 Things to Know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. ALONG GAZA FRONTIER, SIGNS OF A COMING GROUND ATTACK
Israel responds to Palestinian airstrikes by moving troops and heavy weapons toward Gaza.
2. HORRIFIC CRASH AT VETERANS PARADE IN TEXAS
A train slams into a parade float headed to an event honoring wounded veterans, killing at least four and injuring many others.
3. OBAMA, CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO MEET ON 'FISCAL CLIFF'
Despite claims from both sides of a willingness to compromise, the divided government's ability to attack economic woes is no surer now than it has been for months.
4. CIA DEPUTY OFFERS EXPLANATION FOR AMBASSADOR'S MISSTATEMENTS
Rice's comments on TV days after the Benghazi attack were based on an initial — and incorrect — intelligence assessment of who was responsible.
5. WHAT $4.5B SETTLEMENT WITH US GOV'T MEANS FOR BP'S BOTTOM LINE
It may sound like a lot — but consider that the British oil giant made $5.5 billion in just the three months ended in September.
6. APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN MICHIGAN'S BAN ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
The ruling on a 2006 measure raises the odds that the Supreme Court will get involved in the racially charged issue.
7. HEALTH CARE BENEFITS, A LA CARTE
More employees face puzzling choices as employers move away from one-size-fits-all insurance.
8. HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED FOR AMERICA'S MORMONS
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints find a more-accepting religious landscape after Romney's run.
9. A GIFT PASSED DOWN FROM AN EARLIER AGE
Researchers find that our species, Homo sapiens, may not have made the first stone spear tips, a vital hunting tool.
10. WHY THE WHITE HOUSE ROOF WAS THE PLACE TO BE
That's where presidents' children — spilling secrets during a conference in Texas — say they stole a first kiss and listened to Led Zeppelin.