10 Things to Know for Friday December 20, 2013

10 Things to Know for Friday December 20, 2013

8:02am Dec 20, 2013
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. WHO IS UPSET OVER TARGET'S HANDLING OF DATA BREACH  Angry customers say they're having trouble contacting the discounter over the theft of details from 40 million card accounts.  TARGET DATA BREACH

2. BUSES FERRY INJURED FROM LONDON THEATER COLLAPSE  The double-deckers helped 25 ambulances take 76 patients to hospital, after the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre crashed onto the audience.   BRITAIN THEATER COLLAPSE

3. CRACKDOWN ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ARMED FORCES The Senate passes a defense bill which will overhaul the military justice system and add protection for victims of sex offenses.   DEFENSE BILL

4. BAN RUFFLES FEATHERS OF 'DUCK DYNASTY' FANS Half a million viewers support a Facebook page calling for the return of suspended patriarch Phil Robertson.  TV DUCK DYNASTY

5. WHY US GENERAL WAS DEMOTED Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank heavily and associated with "suspect" women on a trip to Russia, investigators say.   AIR FORCE GENERAL FIRED

6. FIGURE-SKATING CHAMP COMES OUT AHEAD OF SOCHI TRIP Brian Boitano announces he's gay as he joins the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics.   SOCHI DELEGATION BOITANO

7. WHERE FAKE SMOKES FACE REAL BAN New York City lawmakers vote to ban e-cigarettes from restaurants, bars and city parks in a measure Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign.   NYC CITY COUNCIL

8. RODMAN HOLDS PYONGYANG TRYOUTS The flamboyant Hall of Famer is assuring NBA veterans it is safe to join an exhibition game he is staging in the North Korean capital.   NKOREA RODMAN


Humanoid robot Kirobo holds a weightless conversation with astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station. JAPAN ROBOT

10. WHAT'S HOT FOR CHRISTMAS Faux fur and vegan leather are on trend as holiday gifts, as today's better-looking fakes gain popularity.   FAKE GIFTS

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