Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHO'S FORMING UNLIKELY POLITICAL FRIENDSHIP
An apparent rapport is brewing between Obama and Trump that few, if any, saw coming.
2. GOP AT ODDS OVER TRUMP'S SOFTENING STANCE ON IMMIGRATION
The president-elect's promise to "work something out" for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children is dividing fellow Republicans.
3. WHAT'S HEARTENING ASSAD'S SUPPORTERS
Backers of Syria's government are taking comfort in the growing sense of imminent victory in the key battleground of Aleppo.
4. RISING HUMAN TOLL FROM INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE
Beyond the more than 100 deaths, thousands of people are homeless or afraid to return to their homes in the region, where killer quakes occur regularly.
5. WHERE SOCIETAL COLLAPSE STRIKES DOWN ONCE-VIBRANT FISHING INDUSTRY
In Venezuela, with the economy in free-fall, armed men in motorboats are attacking fishermen daily, stealing their catch and motors, and sometimes shooting them dead, the AP finds.
6. SOUTH KOREAN LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE IMPEACHMENT MOTION
The move by the opposition-controlled parliament sets the stage for a likely impeachment vote Friday on President Park.
7. BUS DRIVER'S DEFICIENCIES WENT UNHEEDED
Among other problems in recent years, the man who crashed a Baltimore school bus into a transit bus, killing himself and five others, had been in at least a dozen car accidents.
8. AN OFFICER AND A REFUGEE
Police departments in a handful of U.S. cities are specifically recruiting refugees, hoping to build bridges to communities with significant refugee populations.
9. LOSS OF HABITAT THREATENS TALLEST LAND ANIMAL
Giraffes are now at risk of extinction, with the global population shrinking nearly 40 percent in just 30 years.
10. AROLDIS CHAPMAN BACK WITH YANKEES
The hard-throwing closer is returning to New York with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher — $86 million over five years.