10 Things to Know for Today

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Posted: Dec 14, 2016 5:52 AM
10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. CEASE-FIRE COLLAPSING IN ALEPPO

Shelling resumes in the besieged Syrian city and buses meant to evacuate rebels and tens of thousands of civilians have pulled back to their depots.

2. ADVANTAGE ASSAD — ALEPPO CAPTURE A KEY MOMENT

The recapture of the northern city leaves the Syrian president in control of almost all major urban areas — and poised for a bigger role globally against the Islamic State group.

3. WHO ENERGY SECRETARY PICK HAS TIES TO

Rick Perry has close ties to the Texas oil industry and has corporate roles in two petroleum companies pushing for Dakota Access Pipeline approval.

4. PICK FOR INTERIOR HAD OTHER AGENDA

During the campaign, Rep. Ryan Zinke of Montana identified his top priorities as national security, vetting of refugees, "Obamacare" and the economy.

5. WHAT FED IS EXPECTED TO DO

The central bank is expected to raise its key interest rate for the first time in a year, likely nudging up the cost of some consumer and business loans.

6. WHERE THEY'RE SEEING AN INFLUX OF MIGRANTS

The region near the border of Greece and Turkey , where refugees are taking advantage of a legal loophole that doesn't restrict land border entries.

7. WHY ABE IS MOTIVATED TO MEET WITH PUTIN

The prime minister is eager to resolve a 70-year-old territorial dispute that has kept Japan and Russia from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War II.

8. TIME TO BUNDLE UP

Arctic cold is expected to spread across the northeastern U.S. while the Midwest remains frigid through the work week.

9. BRAT PACK, 'ROGER RABBIT' ADDED TO NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY

Eighties' pop classics "The Breakfast Club," ''The Princess Bride" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.

10. ALAN THICKE DEAD AT 69

The genial TV sitcom dad in "Growing Pains" straddled the 1950s father-knows-best version and the enlightened 1980s model.