10 things to know for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

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

1. IS STEROID USE UNDER CONTROL IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL
An AP investigation finds more than 4,700 players packed on rapid weight in a season without drawing much attention from schools or the NCAA.

2. HOW ONE TEXAS TOWN KEEPS SCHOOLS SAFE
Teachers are allowed to carry concealed guns in public schools in Harrold, where the nearest sheriff’s office is 30 minutes away.

3. FALLOUT FROM THE BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION
Four State Department officials resign under pressure after a damning report blaming higher-ups for lax security.

4. OBAMA GUN CONTROL IN 2013
Reinstating an assault weapons ban is one possibility as the president pledges new proposals by January.

5. HOW MUCH A PENNY COSTS
The U.S. Mint says a penny costs more than two cents and a nickel costs 11 cents to make and distribute.

6. WHAT’S LIKELY TO DISRUPT HOLIDAY TRAVEL
The first big storm of the season heads to the Midwest after dumping more than a foot of snow in the Rockies.

7. WHY WOMEN IN INDIA ARE OUTRAGED
Thousands protested to end harassment and violence after the gang-rape of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi.

8. THE GETAWAY CAR FOR CHICAGO INMATES
Surveillance video shows that after shimmying down the high-rise jail, Kenneth Conley and Joseph Banks hopped into a taxi.

9. MISS USA IS MISS UNIVERSE
Olivia Culpo, a 20-year-old Boston University student and self-described “cellist nerd,” beat 88 other beauty queens to take the title in Las Vegas.

10. SUNNY CLIMES, SUNNY DISPOSITIONS
Seven of the world’s 10 countries with the most upbeat attitudes are in Latin America, a poll says.

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