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December 17, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. 'LITTLE EVIDENCE' NSA PROGRAM PREVENTED TERRORISM

A judge rules the agency's bulk collection of phone records is likely unconstitutional; an appeal is expected.

2. BIPARTISAN BUDGET DEAL GAINS GROUND

The legislation goes to a crucial Senate test vote today, with lawmakers hopeful it will gain enough GOP support to pass this week.

3. UNITED BEHIND KIM AFTER EXECUTION

Days after a dramatic purge, North Korean officials vow to unite behind Kim Jong Un as he marks the second anniversary of his father's death.

4. HOW TO DESTROY SYRIA'S CHEMICAL WEAPONS

The international chemical weapons watchdog is meeting today to approve final plans to destroy Syria's toxic arsenal.

5. WHY UKRAINE IS COURTING BOTH RUSSIA AND THE EU

The struggling country is likely to need a $10 billion bailout; today its leader holds talks with Russia's President Putin.

6. WINTER WILDFIRE HITS BIG SUR

At least 15 homes are destroyed in an unseasonal wildfire as California suffers its driest year on record.

7. VEGETABLES BEAT VITAMINS IN TWO NEW STUDIES

A healthy diet and exercise do more to prevent chronic disease than popping a multivitamin pill, according to the latest research.

8. COULD MEGA MILLIONS REACH A BILLION DOLLARS

The U.S. lottery jackpot will set that record if no-one picks the winning numbers before Christmas Eve. Tonight's draw is worth $586m.

9. WHO IS HEADED TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Linda Ronstadt and Cat Stevens will be honored at an induction ceremony next April.

10. SHOPPERS SNAP MORE THAN A BARGAIN

Surprisingly, a Bangkok shopping mall is the most Instagrammed location of the year - beating holiday hotspots Times Square and Disneyland.

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