10 Things to Know for Friday, Dec. 14

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

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

1. RICE WITHDRAWS AS SEC'Y OF STATE CANDIDATE
Her decision means Sen. John Kerry is now the front-runner to replace Clinton.

2. FACING THE CLIFF, FACE-TO-FACE
Boehner visits Obama at the White House for a "frank" meeting on the looming budget meltdown.

3. A PLEA TO POSTPONE EGYPT'S REFERENDUM
Nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei urges Morsi to delay the divisive vote, warning of "the specter of civil war."

4. WHY THE US IS APPLAUDING MOSCOW
After the Russians warn for the first time that the Syrian regime might collapse, the State Department commends them "for finally waking up" and acknowledging the reality on the ground.

5. EU MINISTER: 'THE WORST IS NOW BEHIND US'
Finally, there's some good financial news for Europe, including an agreement to save Greece from bankruptcy.

6. CONGRESS TAKES AIM AT CYBERSTALKING APPS
The software is popular among jealous wives or husbands because it can continuously track the whereabouts of a spouse.

7. WHO'S TAKING A PASS ON THE NEW HEALTH CARE EXCHANGES
Nineteen states say they're going to leave it to the feds to run the insurance markets, which will begin to serve uninsured Americans in less than a year.

8. JENNI RIVERA'S REMAINS ARE HEADED BACK TO THE US
Family identifies the body of the 43-year-old singer, as Mexican police arrest two officers for stealing from the scene of the plane crash that killed her.

9. CO-INVENTOR OF THE BAR CODE DIES AT 91
The first product sold using the UPC scan that Norman J. Woodland helped create was a package of chewing gum at an Ohio supermarket in 1974.

10. ANGELS LAND A PRIZE FREE AGENT
Slugger Josh Hamilton, the AL's MVP in 2010, agrees to a five-year, $125 million contract.

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