News

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

Recent Headlines

in Sports

SNF on KPUG: Cowboys rally behind Romo, beat Giants

Fresh
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray (29) takes the hand off from quarterback Tony Romo (9) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes to Dez Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a comeback 31-28 victory over the New York Giants.

in Local Sports

Wilson, Seattle D lead Seahawks past Arizona

Fresh
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson passes against the St. Louis Rams in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle.

The Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals their second loss of the season, 19-3, on Sunday.

in Local Sports

Balanced Washington holds off Pacific

Fresh
Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar directs his team against Stanford in the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 64-60.

The Washington Huskies used a balanced attack to hold off Pacific for a 76-69 victory.

in Sports

Florida State is No. 1 in AP Top 25

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston throws a pass before an NCAA college football game against Miami Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Alabama, Oregon and Mississippi State.

in Local Sports

Blazers beat Celtics, extend win streak to 7

Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) celebrates after scoring in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 105-99.

LaMarcus Aldridge scores 20 points and 14 rebounds as Portland beats Boston 94-88 on Sunday night.