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Ten things to know for Wednesday

December 11th, 2012 9:33 pm by Associated Press

Ten things to know for Wednesday

This 2009 file image made from video shows the launch of a missile in Musudan-ri, North Korea. North Korea fired a long-range rocket Wednesday, defying warnings from the U.N. and Washington only days ahead of South Korean presidential elections. AP photo.

1. AN ACT OF DEFIANCE FROM NORTH KOREA


The pariah nation launches a long-range rocket, ignoring warnings from the U.N. and the U.S.


2. CAMOUFLAGED GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN OREGON SHOPPING MALL


Terror-stricken holiday shoppers run for cover as shots ring out, leaving three dead, including the shooter.


3. MICHIGAN OK’S BITTERLY CONTESTED RIGHT-TO-WORK BILLS


Proponents say the legislation will bring more jobs to the state. Opponents contend the real intent is to weaken organized labor.


4. HOW OBAMA’S WORDS ARE COMING BACK TO HAUNT HIM


Republicans note that his current stand on raising tax rates differs from the one he took in 2010 — after he was stung by the midterm elections.


5. PLANE CARRYING JENNI RIVERA TOOK DRAMATIC PLUNGE


The music star’s jet plummeted nearly straight down at a speed that may have exceeded 600 mph, an official says.


6. US THROWS ITS WEIGHT BEHIND REBEL COALITION


Obama declares main opposition group the sole “legitimate representative” of Syria’s people.


7. 12-12-12


To mark the once-a-century date, some in the U.S. are betting on good fortune and opening a new business, hitting a casino — or getting married.


8. ‘NET HELPING FEED FRENZY OVER MAYAN PROPHECY


Among the “end of the world” online posts: A mountain in France is hiding an alien spaceship that will be the sole escape.


9. ART IMITATES LIFE: FUNERAL PLANNED FOR TV CHARACTER


J.R. Ewing, played by the late Larry Hagman, will get a proper funeral on “Dallas,” TNT says. Hagman died at age 81 over Thanksgiving.


10. WHERE THE BLAME LIES IN NFL’S ‘BOUNTY-GATE’


New Orleans players were culpable — but their coaches were just as much in the wrong, ex-Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says.

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