Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHERE TRUMP’S ‘THANK YOU’ TOUR IS HEADED NEXT
The president-elect’s appearance in Fayetteville, North Carolina, will be followed by rallies in Iowa and Michigan later this week.
2. US LAWMAKERS FACE WEEKEND DEADLINE
Congress marches toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals while readying a separate stopgap spending bill.
3. SAD, FINAL WORDS FOR OAKLAND VICTIMS
Some people were able to text loved ones goodbye and “I love you” before they died in a warehouse fire that claimed three dozen lives.
4. AP: THE FREEING OF 226 CHRISTIANS FROM IS IN SYRIA
It took more than a year, three videotaped killings and millions in ransom money from across the Assyrian diaspora and ended up in extremists’ pockets before the final captive was freed.
5. PUTIN SEEKS TO PROJECT POWER WITH MODERN MILITARY
With an aircraft carrier off Syria’s shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, Russia can project military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times.
6. FRENCH PREMIER STEPS DOWN
Manuel Valls resigns to focus on running for president next year and is replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
7. 9 DAYS OF MOURNING FOR CASTRO ENDS
Cuba is slowly returning to normality, with music playing in the streets again, tourists sipping mojitos at sidewalk cafes and flags flapping at full staff.
8. WORLD LEADERS FACE RISKS IN RECONCILING WITH PAST ENEMIES
From Hiroshima to Srebrenica, visits by world leaders to important sites of former enemies have been sometimes rewarding, sometimes tricky.
9. WHAT WERE TOP TWITTER TRENDS FOR ’16
Rio2016, Election2016, PokemonGo were the most-tweeted about topics on the social media site.
10. ‘I THOUGHT THEY KICKED OUR ASS’
Jets coach Todd Bowles was blunt about his team’s performance after New York got thumped by Indianapolis 41-10 on national TV.