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Dec 8, 6:02 AM EST

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. WHO'S FORMING UNLIKELY POLITICAL FRIENDSHIP

An apparent rapport is brewing between Obama and Trump that few, if any, saw coming.

2. GOP AT ODDS OVER TRUMP'S SOFTENING STANCE ON IMMIGRATION

The president-elect's promise to "work something out" for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children is dividing fellow Republicans.

3. WHAT'S HEARTENING ASSAD'S SUPPORTERS

Backers of Syria's government are taking comfort in the growing sense of imminent victory in the key battleground of Aleppo.

4. RISING HUMAN TOLL FROM INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE

Beyond the more than 100 deaths, thousands of people are homeless or afraid to return to their homes in the region, where killer quakes occur regularly.

5. WHERE SOCIETAL COLLAPSE STRIKES DOWN ONCE-VIBRANT FISHING INDUSTRY

In Venezuela, with the economy in free-fall, armed men in motorboats are attacking fishermen daily, stealing their catch and motors, and sometimes shooting them dead, the AP finds.

6. SOUTH KOREAN LAWMAKERS INTRODUCE IMPEACHMENT MOTION

The move by the opposition-controlled parliament sets the stage for a likely impeachment vote Friday on President Park.

7. BUS DRIVER'S DEFICIENCIES WENT UNHEEDED

Among other problems in recent years, the man who crashed a Baltimore school bus into a transit bus, killing himself and five others, had been in at least a dozen car accidents.

8. AN OFFICER AND A REFUGEE

Police departments in a handful of U.S. cities are specifically recruiting refugees, hoping to build bridges to communities with significant refugee populations.

9. LOSS OF HABITAT THREATENS TALLEST LAND ANIMAL

Giraffes are now at risk of extinction, with the global population shrinking nearly 40 percent in just 30 years.

10. AROLDIS CHAPMAN BACK WITH YANKEES

The hard-throwing closer is returning to New York with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher - $86 million over five years.

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