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December 2, 2013

10 Things to Know for Monday

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

1. OFFICIALS PROBE DEADLY NYC COMMUTER TRAIN DERAILMENT

Investigators looking into the Metro-North wreck are due to examine factors ranging from track conditions to the crew's performance.

2. WORST TECH ISSUES COULD BE OVER FOR HEALTH CARE SITE, BUT WORK REMAINS

Federal workers and private contractors are reworking the system, but the White House says some could still encounter trouble.

3. BLACK FRIDAY WEEKEND CROWDS COULD SET RECORD, BUT SPENDING DOWN

More than 140 million people were expected to shop over the four-day weekend, but spending was expected to fall.

4. HOW TEACHERS ARE INCORPORATING COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

The academic benchmarks adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia are forcing educators to work on critical thinking over memorization.

5. NUMBER OF SLAIN IRAQIS WORRIES UN

The organization says at least 7,157 civilians and 952 Iraqi security forces have been killed since January.

6. EGYPT PANEL COMPLETES REVISIONS ON CHARTER

The document is to be handed over to interim President Adly Mansour, who has a month to call for a nationwide referendum on it.

7. A PRICE JUMP FOR '10 LORDS A LEAPING'

The cost of the dancing dukes rises 10 percent to $5,243, according to PNC Wealth Management; Other items in the Christmas carol go for about the same as last year.

8. WHO'S WATCHING FOR POISON POT

A forensic botanist and her students at the University of New Haven, Conn., are developing a new process to detect contaminants in marijuana.

9. TRAGIC END FOR HOLLYWOOD RACING HERO

Investigators say speed was a factor in the death of 'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker, killed in a fiery one-car crash in L.A.

10. SHAKEUP IN AP'S TOP 25 POLL

Auburn jumps to the third slot in the college football rankings after the Tigers upset Alabama; Florida State claims the top spot, Ohio State takes second.

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