Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:
1. OBAMA: US, ALLIES STEP UP ISLAMIC STATE FIGHT
In a primetime address prompted by the deadly San Bernardino attacks carried out by a couple sympathetic to the extremists, the president says continued airstrikes and use of special forces will stop the militant group in Syria and Iraq.
2. WHAT'S COMPLICATING EFFORTS TO DISRUPT EXTREMIST ATTACKS
The increasing number of women drawn to the Islamic State group's ideology makes it difficult for law enforcement to flag the prototypical recruit.
3. AP POLL: RELIGION, ENVIRONMENT GO HAND-IN-HAND FOR SOME AMERICANS
Seven in 10 members of a group referred to as "Religious Greens" believe the environmental crisis is more serious than most people think, an analysis shows.
4. SUPREME COURT LOOKS ANEW AT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION IN TEXAS
The court is hearing arguments for the second time in three years in the case of a white Texas woman who was rejected for admission at the University of Texas.
5. WHY TRAGIC DEATHS OF HOME-SCHOOLED KIDS RARELY LEAD TO NEW RULES
Opposition from the government-wary home-schooling community means it's unlikely state agencies will ramp up oversight.
6. WHO SAYS LATEST TESTS SHOW NO CANCER
Jimmy Carter announces that MRI scans find no signs of cancer, four months after he revealed the presence of lesions on his brain.
7. FAR RIGHT DOMINATES FIRST ROUND OF FRENCH REGIONAL ELECTIONS
The polling agency projections provide a new boost for Marine Le Pen's anti-immigration strategy.
8. ASTRONAUTS SET TO RECEIVE EARLY CHRISTMAS DELIVERY
NASA sends a shipment of much-needed groceries and other supplies toward the International Space Station for the first time in months.
9. GEORGE LUCAS, CICELY TYSON AMONG KENNEDY CENTER HONOREES
The "Star Wars" director, and the longtime star of stage and screen, both receive the nation's highest arts award, along with four others.
10. FANTASTIC FINISHES HELP SHAPE THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
For Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma, season-saving moments and turning points have brought them all two wins away from a national championship.