Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. SIEGE ENDS IN AUSTRALIA
Police say a 16-hour hostage situation in Sydney is over after police storm a downtown cafe where a gunman had been holding an unknown number of people.
2. AUSSIES OFFER SUPPORT DURING CRISIS
Using the Twitter hashtag (Hash) IllRideWithYou, some Australian social media users offer to accompany any Muslim who feels intimidated on public transit.
3. HOW WASHINGTON FOUND ITSELF IN A MIDEAST BIND
The U.S. risks alienating European and Arab allies if it vetoes an upcoming U.N. resolution that would set a two-year timetable for achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
4. WHAT FRIENDS SAY ABOUT STORY ON UVA WOMAN’S RAPE ACCUSATION
They tell the AP that a magazine article that used the woman’s account of a sexual assault at a University of Virginia frat house was wrong on key points.
5. PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES CHARGE US MARINE WITH MURDER
Prosecutor says the 19-year-old American is accused of killing a transgender woman in a hotel room.
6. POLICE CLOSE LAST PROTEST SITE IN HONG KONG
Ten weeks after the pro-democracy movement started its demonstrations, authorities have cleared the only remaining camp in the Asian financial hub.
7. WHAT IS MERRIAM WEBSTER’S WORD OF THE YEAR
The dictionary chooses “culture,” joining Oxford Dictionaries’ “vape” and Ebola-inspired “exposure,” declared the year’s winner at Dictionary.com.
8. STALLING TACTICS, GOP MAJORITIES COULD VEX CONGRESS IN 2015
Republicans will feel new pressures to show they can deliver, and President Obama’s incentives to veto legislation will add uncertainty to the mix.
9. WHO SEEKS PROSECUTIONS OVER CIA INTERROGATION TACTICS
Civil rights groups in the U.S. and abroad renew calls to charge those in government agencies who relied on harsh techniques to pressure terror suspects.
10. WHO WON KEY SHOWDOWN BETWEEN COWBOYS-EAGLES
Dez Bryant reels in a career-best three touchdown passes, and Dallas rallies past Philadelphia 38-27 to take over first place in the NFC East.