Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. PAUL RYAN BECOMES 54TH SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
The 45-year-old Wisconsin lawmaker accepts the gavel and promises to bring the House’s Republican rebels back onto the fold.
2. JET’S ENGINE CATCHES FIRE JUST BEFORE TAKEOFF
One passenger suffers serious burns and some 100 others are forced to quickly evacuate the aircraft at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.
3. WHERE BEN CARSON PARTS COMPANY WITH HIS CHURCH
The leading GOP candidate tells the AP it was a “huge mistake” that the top Seventh-day Adventist policymaking body recently voted against ordaining women.
4. MILITARY WORKING TO REMOVE BLIMP FROM CRASH SITE
It’s still not clear how the Army radar blimp broke free from its mooring in Maryland and drifted all the way to north-central Pennsylvania, where it descended into trees.
5. WHAT’S AIM OF NEGOTIATORS AT SYRIAN PEACE TALKS
The group is seeking to convince the government and the rebels to agree to a national cease-fire – while everyone tries to figure out what to do with Assad.
6. NO LET-UP IN FLOW OF MIGRANTS INTO EUROPE
The influx tends to abate as winter nears, but this year, numbers have only risen, partly due to crowding in refugee centers in Turkey and Lebanon.
7. WHICH CITY IS FOCAL POINT OF ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN VIOLENCE
One-third of the 58 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since mid-September have died in Hebron, the site of near-daily deadly confrontations.
8. BIG RETAILERS UNVEIL HOLIDAY PLANS
Wal-Mart and Target hope to lure shoppers with discounts, stepped-up marketing and spiffed-up stores.
9. RUSSELL SIMMONS’ RUSHCARD CREATES ‘MULTI-MILLION’ DOLLAR FUND FOR CUSTOMERS
The money is to help cover the costs that users suffered because of technical problems with the pre-paid debit card, which is backed by the hip-hop mogul.
10. WHO’S AN ODDS-ON FAVORITE IN RIO
American Simone Biles wins her third straight world gymnastics title, cementing her status as the overwhelming favorite to top the podium at next summer’s Olympics.
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