By The Associated Press
What's everyone talking about today? Here's a quick breakdown to keep you in the
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that
will be talked about Friday:
1. Scores injured in London theater collapse
The ceiling of the city's Apollo Theatre gives way, showering a
packed audience with plaster, wood and dirt. At least seven people are seriously
2. Who's struggling with a cybersecurity nightmare
Target says data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card
accounts was stolen as part of a breach.
3. Humanitarian gestures from Vladimir Putin as Olympics near
He says he'll pardon jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and give
amnesty to the Pussy Riot punk band and to Greenpeace activists.
4. Why a U.S. General was demoted
Maj. Gen. Michael Carey
drank heavily and associated with "suspect" women during a trip to Russia,
investigators say. His command once included 450 ballistic missiles in the U.S.
5. Syrian radicals pose growing disaster
Islamic militants, now the most powerful force in the rebellion, are
increasingly targeting those seen as opposed to their extreme views.
6. Where fake cigarettes face a real ban
In NYC, electronic smokes would be banned in locations like restaurants,
bars and city parks - just like their leaf-and-paper cousins - under a measure the
mayor is expected to sign.
7. Florida congressman vows to hold onto his seat
After pleading guilty to cocaine possession, Republican Rep. Trey Radel
says he wants to "rebuild the trust" of voters.
8. In diverse U.S., Father Christmas comes in many colors
Black, Latino and Native American Santa Clauses have been making the
rounds - though not all reactions to non-white Santas this season have been jolly.
9. "Duck Dynasty" fans want Phil Robertson back
Thousands of viewers - and some politicians - are saying the
patriarch's suspension is a violation of free speech.
10. Figure-skating champ comes out ahead of Sochi trip
Brian Boitano announces he's gay as he joins the U.S. delegation to the
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