Around the world: 10 things to know Tuesday

Staff reports Updated: December 18, 2012 at 12:00 am • Published: December 18, 2012

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

1. WHY CONNECTICUT COULD BE THE TIPPING POINT IN GUN DEBATE

A Republican senator calls for a gun violence study and some Democrats push tighter restrictions. SCHOOL SHOOTING-GUN CONTROL

2. CLOSING IN ON 'FISCAL CLIFF' DEAL

Obama softened his demand for higher upper-income taxes; Boehner said he would accept higher taxes on investment income. FISCAL CLIFF

3. BACK TO SOME ROUTINES AFTER DEADLY RAMPAGE

Most students are going back to school in Newtown, Conn. CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTING

4. WHERE NEWTOWN KIDS RAN WHEN THEY ESCAPED

Six children ran to neighbor Gene Rosen's driveway after their teacher was shot and played with stuffed animals. SCHOOL SHOOTING-TAKING REFUGE

5. 50-YEAR SENATE VETERAN FROM HAWAII DIES

Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye, the WWII hero who played key roles in the Watergate and Iran-Contra investigations, was 88. OBIT-INOUYE

6. HOW NORTH KOREA'S SATELLITE IS DOING

Astronomers say it is tumbling in space, but could remain in orbit for several years. NKOREA-SATELLITE

7. TWO OFFICERS AND A GUNMAN DEAD IN KANSAS

David Edward Tiscareno was shot at a Topeka home after police say he killed the officers in a parking lot. TOPEKA-OFFICERS SHOT

8. PREDICTING DOOMSDAY IN CHINA

Police detained 101 people in the country for spreading rumors about the end of the world. CHINA-DOOMSDAY DETENTIONS

9. WHAT EASY-BAKE'S GENDER-NEUTRAL OVEN WILL LOOK LIKE

It's black, silver and blue, instead of purple and pink. A 13-year-old girl asked Hasbro to make a toy that appeals to all children. EASY-BAKE-BOYS

10. WHY 'THE SOPRANOS' ENDED THE WAY IT DID

It's not about whether Tony lived or died, director David Chase tells the AP's Jake Coyle. It's "the idea of how short life is and how precious it is." TV-DAVID CHASE-SOPRANOS ENDING

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