Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/315b6f1de8f240bab698b57025059f32″>WHO CLAIMED VICTORY IN PENNSYLVANIA RACE</a>
Before the absentee ballots were completely counted in a nationally followed congressional race, Democrat Conor Lamb says he defeated Republican Rick Saccone, though his lead is razor-thin.
2. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/c7596dc526574725b3fb25990250a551″>RENOWNED PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING DIES AT 76</a>
The scientist wrote so lucidly of the mysteries of space, time and black holes that his book, “A Brief History of Time,” became a best seller, making him one of the field’s biggest celebrities since Einstein.
3. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/d738ce8d68534431bf94f54859b388c3″>IN TRUMP’S CABINET, CHAOS</a>
The executive branch in recent weeks has been enveloped in controversy, undermining the administration’s ability to advance its agenda and drawing the ire of the commander in chief.
4. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/7c043c6b009645659f15a6efdfcb3e10″>PARENTS: MILITARY IGNORED BOY’S ABUSE OF GIRLS ON BASE</a>
An AP investigation finds that in a military that prizes procedure and protocol, the Pentagon’s school system has no specific policy to respond to student-on-student sexual violence.
5. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/68d0ba3647b34dbaa9dd54eb912e62f1″>WHERE AL-QAIDA IS LOSING GROUND</a>
For the first time since its meteoric rise in 2012, al-Qaida’s branch in Syria is in retreat, battling rival militant groups in the north and fighting for survival in a key foothold near Damascus.
6. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/30af466fb1bd47ed9584ccae3090f293″>HOUSE DEMOCRATS CITE ‘EVIDENCE’ OF COLLUSION</a>
California Rep. Adam Schiff says he believes there was collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, though he couldn’t say if there was criminal wrongdoing.
7. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/c183323b5e6546419ae08b8c469b065a”>STUDENTS TO PUT PENCILS DOWN, WALK OUT IN GUN PROTESTS</a>
From Maine to Hawaii, thousands of students plan to stage walkouts to protest gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.
8. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/88cb13bc13df4dbdb0ca02db0cb1dbf6″>WHY THERE MAY BE HOPE IN CANCER FIGHT</a>
Researchers are testing fluorescent dyes that make cancer cells glow to make them easier for surgeons to find, giving patients a better shot at survival.
9. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/c53e612a407844b1861d4a6063c41877″>FINLAND TOPS GLOBAL HAPPINESS INDEX</a>
Fans of skiing, saunas and Santa Claus won’t be surprised to hear the Nordic country is the happiest place to live, a report finds.
10. <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.apnews.com/fb945f26bc1d40119907035d3faa464d”>WHERE TOP NFL FREE AGENT IS EXPECTED TO SIGN</a>
Quarterback Kirk Cousins will meet with the Minnesota Vikings and ESPN says he will sign a fully guaranteed, three-year $84 million contract with the NFC power.