10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Associated Press

Posted on December 25, 2013 at 9:02 PM

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

1. AP: AL-QAIDA LEADER TARGETS UN WORKERS

Abu Mohammed al-Golani, shadowy leader of a terror group fighting in Syria, sought to kidnap United Nations workers, according to letters obtained by The AP.

2. GOP WEIGHS ANTI-'OBAMACARE' STRATEGIES

Before the midterm elections, Republicans first must settle a slate of Senate primaries where conservatives are arguing over the best way to oppose the health care law.

3. WHAT NEW YEAR MIGHT HOLD FOR GAY MARRIAGE

With conservative Utah's ban struck down, more state rulings in favor of same-sex unions could be in the works in 2014.

4. MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DECLARED TERROR ORGANIZATION

Egypt's military-backed interim government gives the designation to the long-outlawed group, which numbers ousted president Morsi among its members.

5. 2013 ROUGH YEAR FOR SAUDI RIGHTS, ACTIVISTS SAY

The powerful U.S.-allied Gulf state silenced democracy advocates and human rights defenders with arrests, trials and intimidation.

6. PARTS OF MAINE, MICHIGAN, CANADA STILL DARK AFTER STORM

Stubborn cold weather is keeping ice on tree limbs and utility lines, while more wind and snowy weather could cause new power outages.

7. CAPSIZING KILLS 17 MIGRANTS OFF TURKS AND CAICOS

Their overloaded sailboat overturned as it was being towed to shore, officials in the British territory said.

8. RUSSIA LETS GREENPEACE CREW OFF HOOK

The activists were accused of 'hooliganism' following a protest outsider a Russian oil rig in the Arctic.

9. WHY SANTA'S SLEIGH GOT DELAYED

Overloaded facilities at UPS and FedEx, as well as last-minute holiday shipments, mean that some Christmas gifts will arrive late.

10. SERENA: AP'S FEMALE ATHLETE OF YEAR

Williams compiled a 34-match winning streak and raised her Grand-Slam championship total to 17.

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