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November 25, 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. OBAMA DISCLOSED SECRET IRAN TALKS TO ISRAEL IN SEPTEMBER

The president revealed the clandestine negotiations with Tehran in a 90-minute meeting with Netanyahu at the White House.

2. INVESTIGATORS TO RELEASE NEWTOWN REPORT

The full police file of the evidence in the school shooting won't be published, stirring criticism of the investigation's secrecy.

3. SYRIA TO MEET WITH REBELS FOR FIRST-EVER PEACE TALKS

The United Nations announces upcoming face-to-face negotiations between Assad's government and opposition fighters in Geneva.

4. STORM SET TO HIT TEXAS WITH FREEZING RAIN

The Arctic mass is expected move east in the coming days and could disrupt the U.S.'s busy travel week.

5. HOW NEW YORK IS CRACKING DOWN ON TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Tall SUVs give state troopers better surveillance of guilty drivers but the state is also offering "texting turnoffs" on highways to give motorists a break.

6. THANKSGIVING-HANUKKAH OVERLAP IS A CONUNDRUM FOR SOME

The convergence of the secular and religious holidays is a source of angst for many who celebrate both.

7. THAI DEMONSTRATORS ENTER FINANCE MINISTRY COMPOUND

The anti-government rally escalates seeking to force civil servants to stop working.

8. WHERE METH IS A GROWING CONCERN

Experts on North Korea see signs of a steady output of the drug there — and the potential for global distribution.

9. WHO WON THE NIGHT AT THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

Taylor Swift took home four honors including artist of the year for the third time.

10. GIANTS, WITH BACKS TO WALL, COME UP SHORT

Dallas downs New York 24-21, ending the Giants' four-game winning streak and most of their playoff hopes.

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  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support WASHINGTON (AP) — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to

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