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November 19, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. LEBANON EXPLOSIONS STRIKE NEAR IRANIAN EMBASSY

Tehran diplomat and over 20 others are killed in twin blasts in Beirut's majority-Shiite southern district.

2. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

His girlfriend claims he pointed a shotgun at her during an argument. It's Zimmerman's latest run-in with the law since his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin case.

3. DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS SHOW NSA PROMISED COURT TO FIX MISSTEPS

The agency repeatedly admitted improperly collecting some surveillance material and pledged to stop.

4. ROB FORD VOWS 'OUTRIGHT' WAR AGAINST TORONTO DETRACTORS

The scandal-plagued mayor of Canada's largest city calls moves to strip him of his powers a "coup d'etat."

5. JPMORGAN CHASE SETTLEMENT MAY COME TODAY

The Wall Street giant could pay $13 billion to compensate investors and help struggling homeowners in addition to a hefty fine.

6. HYUNDAI TO OFFER VEHICLE THAT RUNS ON HYDROGEN

The automaker plans to start selling the zero-emissions Tucson SUVs in Southern California next year and eventually spread to other areas as filling stations are built.

7. GETTYSBURG MARKS 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF LINCOLN ADDRESS

Historians and everyday Americans are revisiting the meaning of the speech and honoring the men who fought in the Civil War.

8. HOW MUCH THE DUELING DINO FOSSILS COULD FETCH

The nearly complete skeletons of a smaller relative of T. rex could be sold for up to $9 million in a New York City auction.

9. WHICH BROADWAY MUSICAL IS PACKING UP TO VEGAS

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," which had a two year run, is the most expensive show ever in New York City history.

10. 2013's WORD OF THE YEAR: 'SELFIE'

The name for a smartphone self-portrait has burst from the confines of Instagram and Twitter into the mainstream, says Britain's Oxford University Press.

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  • NYPD: Mom of baby abandoned in subway in custody NEW YORK (AP) — A woman suspected of abandoning her baby girl at a Manhattan subway station was in police custody on Tuesday. The 20-year-old woman was being questioned after being found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday near Central Park, around 72nd Street

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