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Around the world: 10 things to know Wednesday

December 26, 2012
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photo - The front wall of the parish hall at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street in Mobile, Ala. was torn off by a tornado on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. The tornado hit midtown Mobile causing extensive damage to the church as well as Murphy High School. (AP Photo/AL.com, Bill Starling)  Photo by
The front wall of the parish hall at Trinity Episcopal Church on Dauphin Street in Mobile, Ala. was torn off by a tornado on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012 in Mobile, Ala. The tornado hit midtown Mobile causing extensive damage to the church as well as Murphy High School. (AP Photo/AL.com, Bill Starling) Photo by  

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

1. WHAT THE NEW YORK SHOOTER'S NOTE SAID

William Spengler wanted to burn down the neighborhood and "do what I like doing best, killing people" before shooting at firefighters. FIRE-SHOOTING

2. SAME WEAPON USED IN NEW YORK AND NEWTOWN

Police in Webster, N.Y., recovered a .223-caliber semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle — the same caliber and make used to kill 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school. FIRE-SHOOTING

3. TORNADOES FOR CHRISTMAS

The twisters spun across Texas and Alabama, blew the roofs off homes and killed three people. CHRISTMAS WEATHER

4. SCARED TO SHOP

Retail spending grew at the slowest pace since the 2008 recession in a holiday season dampened by economic uncertainty. HOLIDAY SHOPPING

5. REPUBLICANS LOOKING FOR COMPROMISE

After President Obama's re-election, many are willing to bend on immigration, taxes and gun issues. REPUBLICANS-SHIFTING STANCES

6. QUICK TRIP BACK FROM HAWAII

Obama returns to Washington today to resume talks on averting the "fiscal cliff" before the end of the year. OBAMA

7. CRASH LANDING FOR CHRISTMAS TOURISTS

A flight headed for a popular spot in Myanmar slammed into a road, killing at least two people and injuring 11. MYANMAR-EMERGENCY LANDING

8. A DIRECTOR AND ACTOR, BUT NOT A POLITICIAN

Ben Affleck took himself out of the running for U.S. Sen. John Kerry's Massachusetts seat. PEOPLE-BEN AFFLECK

9. EASY TO GET A ROOM FOR INAUGURATION

Obama's Jan. 21 second-term festivities are expected to draw up to 800,000 visitors, down from 1.8 million in 2008. INAUGURATION-TRAVEL

10. HERO DOG FROM PHILIPPINES BEATS CANCER

Kabang, who lost her snout when she jumped in front of a motorcycle to save two young girls, is in remission after six weeks of chemotherapy. DOG-MISSING SNOUT

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