The Associated Press
A daily look at breaking news and stories that will be talked about today:
1. AIRSTRIKE ONSLAUGHT IN GAZA: Israel’s most intense offensive on the Gaza Strip in four years sets off new rounds of fighting, with an early rocket attack killing three Israelis.
2. A NEW LEADER FOR CHINA: Xi Jinping secured the Communist Party’s top spot to lead a nation clamoring for economic and political reform.
3. THE EMAIL THAT GAVE BIRTH TO A SCANDAL: The anonymous email in May warned the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan to stay away from a Florida socialite, the first in a chain of messages that led to the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus.
4. THE AGENT WHO TRACKED THE GENERALS: FBI Special Agent Frederick Humphries II helped stop a Los Angeles airport terror plot more than a decade ago when he was stationed in Seattle.
5. ROMNEY KNOWS WHY OBAMA WON: A week after the election, the Republican challenger blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” the president had bestowed on young voters, African Americans and Hispanics.
6. HARD TIMES AGAIN FOR THE EUROZONE: For the first time in three years, the 17 countries that use the euro have fallen back into a recession.
7. WHY DRINKING CAN MAKE YOU FAT: The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention says that alcohol rivals sugary soda for empty calories.
8. OBAMA, BOEHNER SPAR OVER THE NATION’S WELL-TO-DO: Let taxes rise on the rich, the president urges. That would hurt the economy and stunt job growth, the GOP leader counters.
9. NEW ALZHEIMER’S DISCOVERY: Study of a just-identified variant gene might reveal ways to prevent the mind-robbing disorder.
10. HOW TO KILL 180 MILLION RATS: A helicopter is to begin dropping nearly 22 tons of poison bait to clear out rodents that have overrun the Galapagos Islands.