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10 for today: Thursday, Dec. 5

10 for today: Thursday, Dec. 5

BEACHED WHALES: Dozens of whales are stranded in a portion of the Everglades National Park. Photo: Associated Press

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

1. NORTHERN PLAINS FACE ARCTIC BLAST

A cold snap is causing the mercury to drop to sub-zero temperatures in North Dakota and Montana and will continue through the weekend.

2. MEXICAN TROOPS SEEK WAYS TO DEAL WITH RADIOACTIVE SHIPMENT

Police are guarding the highly-radioactive cobalt-60 material that was in a stolen truck in central Mexico until they find a way to transport it safely.

3. OFFICIALS SAY 15 PEOPLE KILLED IN YEMEN SUICIDE BOMBING

The car explosion that took place at the country’s defense ministry also wounded at least 40 others.

4. “HIGHWAY HYPNOSIS” MAY HAVE CAUSED METRO-NORTH CRASH

Driving along long, monotonous routes makes drivers experience a semi-trance — much like the one lawyers say the train’s engineer was in right before it crashed.

5. WHO IS GREETING VISITORS AT PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL

Four surviving veterans from the attack, all in their 90s, volunteer at the site which witnessed a bloody bombing 72 years ago this week.

6. WHY VENEZUELA AND BITLY ARE AT ODDS WITH EACH OTHER

The Latin American nation is censoring the Web-address shortening service which Venezuelans use to spread news of their freefalling currency.

7. DOZENS OF PILOT WHALES STRANDED IN EVERGLADES

Eleven have died and wildlife workers are trying to lead the remaining 41 out of dangerously shallow waters.

8. 2014 COLOR OF THE YEAR HAS INNOVATIVE, FLATTERING TONES

Radiant Orchid, a version of purple, will replace emerald green as designers’ shade of choice.

9. MSNBC’S MARTIN BASHIR RESIGNS

After his inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin, the talk-show host says he now wants his colleagues to “be allowed to focus on the issues that matter.”

10. HEISMAN HOPEFUL TO FIND OUT HIS FATE

Jameis Winston, quarterback for top-ranked Florida State, will find out whether a prosecutor will charge him with sexual assault.

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