10 Things to Know for Today

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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 6:08 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. OBAMA PROMISES PAYBACK FOR HACKING

The president says the U.S. will retaliate against Russia for its suspected meddling in the U.S. election process — an accusation the Kremlin has vehemently denied.

2. EVACUATIONS FROM WAR-TORN SYRIAN CITY HALTED

The flight of civilians and opposition fighters from eastern Aleppo is reportedly suspended after rebels open fire on a convoy at one of the crossing points of the rebel-held enclave.

3. JURY TO WEIGH DEATH PENALTY IN CHARLESTON CHURCH MASSACRE

Dylann Roof is found guilty of killing nine black worshippers, but whether he'll face lethal injection has yet to be determined.

4. ABORIGINAL WOMAN'S SLAYING EXPOSES AUSTRALIA'S RACIAL DIVIDE

For five years, despite the urgings of the coroner and police, prosecutors refused to try the two white men charged with the woman's death.

5. WHICH ALLY PUTIN IS SEEKING

The Russian Orthodox Church is expanding its influence in what was once an officially godless state — and the Russian leader appears eager to align himself with church interests to promote his own agenda.

6. FACEBOOK TAKING NEW TACK AGAINST FAKE NEWS

The social media network will focus on the "worst of the worst" offenders and partner with outside fact-checkers including the AP.

7. WHERE WINTER IS ARRIVING WITH ALL ITS MIGHT

Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze.

8. FAREWELL, JOHN GLENN

His home state and the nation will begin saying goodbye to the famed astronaut as he lies in state at Ohio's capitol building.

9. HOW ONE COLLEGE HOPES TO SAVE STUDENTS MONEY

As a way to save thousands of dollars on housing costs, New York University is offering to put students up nearby in elderly people's spare bedrooms.

10. CRAIG SAGER DIES AFTER FIGHT WITH CANCER

The 65-year-old TV reporter was known nearly as much for his colorful wardrobe as his top-flight work on the NBA sidelines.