10 Things to Know for Friday

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Posted: Jan 03, 2013 9:20 PM
10 Things to Know for Friday

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

1. HOW THE FISCAL CLIFF DEAL WAS SWEETENED

The package includes billions in tax breaks for businesses.

2. BOEHNER BACK IN THE TOP SPOT

House speaker is re-elected despite the misgivings of some of the GOP's rank-and-file.

3. FOR CLINTON, DUTY CALLS

She's planning to return to work next week after being hospitalized for a blood clot in her head.

4. SANDY HOOK CHILDREN RETURN TO CLASS

The young students' attendance was high and "a lot of them were happy to see their friends," a police officer says.

5. PARENTS PLEAD FOR RELEASE OF US JOURNALIST

Asked if James Foley had any reservations about going to Syria, where he was kidnapped a month ago, his mother replies softly: "Not enough."

6. HELP MAY BE ON THE WAY FOR STORM VICTIMS

Congress will vote Friday on a $9.7 billion aid package for businesses and homeowners.

7. WHERE A TROVE OF ANCIENT DOCUMENTS WAS FOUND

A collection rescued from caves in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan gives an unprecedented look into the lives of Jews in Persia in the 11th century.

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8. GOOGLE PLACATES THE US GOVERNMENT

The tech giant settles a probe into its business practices by agreeing to give rivals access to many of its key technologies, among other concessions.

9. WHY A MARTIAN METEORITE SURPRISED SCIENTISTS

Rock in the Sahara is much older and contains more water than others that have been found.

10. BRITS GET A JUMP ON AMERICAN TV VIEWERS

The ITV network sends "Downton Abbey" to the U.S. — but only after each season's shows have already aired in the U.K.