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10 for today: Wednesday, Dec. 4

10 for today: Wednesday, Dec. 4

CYBER MONDAY: Brenda Thompson, right, loads packages into a container at the FedEx hub at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. Millions of Americans took advantage of online deals ranging from free shipping to hundreds of dollars off electronics and half-price clothing Monday, which was expected to be the busiest online shopping day of the year. Photo: Associated Press/Jae C. Hong

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

1. WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED METRO-NORTH’S DERAILMENT

The train’s engineer experienced a hypnotic-like “daze” and nodded at the controls before the crash, his lawyer says.

2. CONNECTICUT TO RELEASE 911 CALLS FROM NEWTOWN SHOOTING

The tapes of seven landline calls from inside Sandy Hook Elementary School will be released to the media.

3. HEZBOLLAH COMMANDER KILLED IN BEIRUT

The Lebanese militant group accuses Israel of assassinating one of its founding members outside his home.

4. CALM REMAINS ELUSIVE IN UKRAINE

Protesters set up tents across Kiev’s Independence Square and the government shows no sign of yielding.

5. BIDEN BEGINS VISIT TO CHINA AT A TENSE TIME

The vice president plans to raise the issue of Beijing’s newly-declared air defense zone that’s riling Japan and other regional allies.

6. WHY JUDGE’S DETROIT BANKRUPTCY RULING PUTS PENSIONS AT RISK

The city can scrub $18 billion, half of which are linked to retiree and health care obligations, while it restructures its debts.

7. HOW MUCH THE TALLY WAS FOR CYBER MONDAY SALES

Online shoppers set a record, with e-commerce spending rising 18 percent from last year to $1.74 billion.

8. HE PRAYED FOR A MIRACLE — AND GOT ONE

A Nigerian survived three days in an air pocket in an upended boat about 100 feet down in the Atlantic. A video of his dramatic rescue has gone viral on the Internet.

9. CURSE OF POLITICAL UNREST HITS EGYPT’S PHARAONIC TREASURES

The nation’s world-famous antiquities museum is facing riots at its doorstep and financial woes as turmoil continues.

10. BILLY JOEL SETTLING IN AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

The Piano Man says he’ll perform monthly at the famed New York City venue for as long as fans come to see him. MUSIC-BILLY JOEL

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