published Friday, December 21st, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

People gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
People gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

1. WHEN IT'S TIME FOR 'PLAN C'

Facing a revolt by the rank and file, House Republicans scuttle plans to vote on the so-called Plan B, a proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

2. HOW BIG PHARMA IS CASHING IN ON HGH ABUSE

An AP investigation shows that a federal crackdown on illicit foreign supplies of human growth hormone has driven record sales of the drug.

3. A WEEK LATER, REMEMBERING SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

Many plan a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and buildings in Connecticut with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times.

4. WHERE CHRISTMAS WILL BE WHITE, AND ROADS TREACHEROUS

Whiteout conditions in the Midwest are closing interstate highways and canceling flights of holiday travelers.

5. EGYPT GEARING UP FOR PROTESTS AHEAD OF CONSTITUTION VOTE

Backers of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi head toward the presidential palace while liberal and secular groups camp out at Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square.

6. JAPAN'S NEXT LEADER WANTS FREER REIN FOR MILITARY

Shinzo Abe vows a review of post-WWII security policies and proposes ideas that range from changing the name of the military to revising the constitution.

7. FACEBOOK EYES NEW REVENUE

Users would pay $1 to send messages to the inboxes of non-friends under a service the social network is testing.

8. THE END MAY BE NEAR. JUST NOT THIS NEAR

The Mayans' appointed time comes and goes with no sign of the apocalypse.

9. 'SANDY CLAUS' DELIVERS TOYS TO STORM-STRICKEN KIDS

Michael Sciaraffo is playing the role of Saint Nick and heading out to storm-ravaged homes to deliver new toys to kids whose play rooms were destroyed by floodwaters.

10. NHL CANCELS GAMES THROUGH MID-JANUARY

The impasse with the players union has caused more than half the season to be lost — and the rest is now in danger.

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