10 Things to Know for Tuesday, Dec. 11

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Associated Press

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM

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

1. BRITISH BANK TO PAY RECORD FINE
HSBC’s agreement to pay $1.9 billion is the biggest ever in a case involving a bank.

2. WHY AMERICANS ARE AFRAID OF THE ‘FISCAL CLIFF’
Voters tell the AP they have tough financial problems and have no confidence that Washington can reach a deal.

3. CLASHES EXPECTED IN CAIRO
Supporters and opponents of Egypt’s Islamist leader planned to stage rival mass rallies ahead of a vote on a constitution that has polarized the nation.

4. MORSI LOOKS MORE AND MORE LIKE A DICTATOR
Some say it should come as no surprise: heavy-handed rule has a history in Egypt and in the region.

5. MEXICO PRESIDENT NOT BACKING DOWN FROM WAR ON DRUGS
Enrique Pena Nieto tells The AP’s Katherine Corcoran that legalization of marijuana in two U.S. states won’t keep him from prosecuting it in Mexico.

6. WHY INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT THE OWNER OF JENNI RIVERA’S PLANE
The Las Vegas company was involved in a federal drug investigation before the plane crash that killed the singer in Mexico.

7. SCALIA REBUTS CRITICS WHO SAYS HE IS ANTI-GAY
The Supreme Court justice says legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral when asked about his rulings on sodomy laws.

8. ANOTHER JUSTICE SHARES PERSONAL SIDE
Sonia Sotomayor says her fear of dying young from diabetes kept her from having children.

9. APPLE TAKES AUSTRALIANS THE WRONG WAY
Police say the software giant’s mapping service is “potentially life-threatening” for sending drivers looking for the southern city of Mildura to a remote desert.

10. WHY ALAN ALDA WANTS TO KNOW WHAT TIME IS
The “MASH” star posed the question from his childhood to scientists as a visiting professor at a New York college.

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