10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Posted: Dec 13, 2016 11:03 PM
10 Things to Know for Wednesday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday.

1. THE BET TRUMP IS MAKING WITH HIS SECRETARY OF STATE PICK

It's the same bet the president-elect asked voters to make on him: that Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson's track record of business accomplishment will translate into success in government.

2. WHO TRUMP HAS TAPPED FOR ENERGY AND INTERIOR POSTS

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is Trump's choice to run the Energy Department, while Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke has been offered the job of interior secretary, according to people with knowledge of the decisions.

3. SYRIAN REBELS REACH CEASE-FIRE DEAL TO EVACUATE FROM EASTERN ALEPPO

The developments followed reports of mass killings by government forces closing in on the final few blocks still held by the rebels.

4. WHY SHOUTING MATCHES ERUPTED DURING THE BILL COSBY TRIAL

The judge twice warned lawyers to maintain decorum after shouting matches that centered on the defense's insistence on identifying accusers by name in public documents.

5. OHIO GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL IMPOSING 20-WEEK ABORTION BAN

John Kasich vetoed stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.

6. HOW QUICKLY THE TOP OF PLANET EARTH IS WARMING

Arctic warming is happening twice as fast as the rest of the globe, according to an annual report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

7. WHAT THE MAN WHO FIRED SHOTS IN DC PIZZERIA SAID TO HIS FRIENDS

Edgar Maddison Welch warned friends that his "raid", inspired by an internet conspiracy theory, could involve killing people, according to court documents.

8. KANYE WEST BACK ON TWITTER TO TALK ABOUT TRUMP

The Grammy Award-winner wrote that he met with Trump to "discuss multicultural issues" that included "bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago."

9. GAMBIA'S RULING PARTY PUSHES FOR NEW PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

President Yahya Jammeh initially acknowledged defeat elections that ousted him after 22 years in power only to announce later that he was rejecting the results, plunging the tiny country into crisis.

10. GOVERNMENT PROPOSES REQUIRING NEW CARS AND LIGHT TRUCKS TO TALK TO EACH OTHER

Transportation Department officials say the technology holds the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths and transform driving.