10 Things to Know for Friday

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Associated Press

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 9:02 PM

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

1. NELSON MANDELA DEAD AT 95

The man who overcame the crushing racial divide in South Africa reaches the end of a journey that took him from prison to the presidency and beyond.

2. DEATH MOURNED AROUND THE WORLD

People across the globe, current and former presidents, athletes and entertainers speak out about the life and legacy of the former South African leader.

3. WHAT ECONOMISTS ARE WATCHING FOR

The November jobs report coming Friday will provide a strong signal whether the U.S. economy can maintain its momentum.

4. FAST-FOOD WORKERS TAKE TO THE STREETS

But their push for higher pay faces an uphill battle. The industry competes aggressively on being able to offer low-cost meals — and on keeping its own costs low.

5. WHERE SECTARIAN STRIFE IS TURNING DEADLY

Wielding rifles and machetes, Christian supporters of Central African Republic's exiled president descend on the capital, leaving scores dead in Muslim neighborhoods.

6. LIVING LAVISHLY BUT PLEADING POVERTY

The U.S. accuses dozens of Russian diplomats and their spouses of defrauding Medicaid.

7. WHY THE ROAD TO NEW BUDGET WON'T BE SMOOTH

Negotiators on Capitol Hill are trying hard to reach a deal, but demands from all sides are erecting obstacles.

8. A TRAGEDY PLAYED OUT ON TWITTER

A Washington woman who monitors police scanners tweets the news of a traffic fatality — then continues tweeting with growing anguish as she deduces that the victim was her husband.

9. IN THE BOSS'S OWN WORDS

Handwritten lyrics for Bruce Springsteen's 1975 hit "Born to Run" are auctioned for $197,000 in New York City.

10. NO CHARGES AGAINST FSU QUARTERBACK

There's not enough evidence to prosecute Jameis Winston, a leading Heisman candidate, in a sexual assault case, the Florida State Attorney says.

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