1. WHAT THE U.S. BELIEVES IS KEY TO STOPPING GAZA WARFARE
As a first step, the White House insists that Hamas must cease firing rockets into Israel.
2. SOJOURNING OBAMA SCOLDS AN AUTOCRAT
The president delivers his condemnation of Cambodia's Hun Sen in private. Some fear government censors will keep his stern words from reaching the Cambodian people.
3. A PUSH FOR WIDESPREAD, ROUTINE HIV SCREENING
All Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once, a health panel says.
4. RED STATES, BLUE STATES: THE DIVIDE WIDENS
In fully half the U.S., the November election created powerful one-party legislatures that can act with no need for compromise.
5. POSITIVE 'FISCAL CLIFF' COMMENTS COMFORT INVESTORS
The Dow gains 207 in the best day on Wall Street since the presidential election.
6. SCIENTISTS PUZZLED BY VIOLENT DOLPHIN DEATHS
The mammals are washing ashore along the northern Gulf Coast with bullet wounds, missing jaws and hacked-off fins.
7. POLICE SEE SOMETHING SINISTER IN INDIANAPOLIS BLAST
A homicide investigation has been launched into a house explosion that killed a young couple and wrecked numerous nearby homes.
8. WHY MOURNING FOR HO HO'S MAY BE PREMATURE
Hostess and striking workers agree to resume bargaining, providing hope that the popular cake-maker won't shut down.
9. GOING APE AT MIDDLE AGE IS NOTHING NEW, STUDY SUGGESTS
Humans may not be alone in suffering midlife crises. Research on chimps and orangutans finds that midlife discontent may have been passed on through evolution.
10. HOW SANTA FEELS ABOUT TABLET COMPUTERS
Same as last year, the AP's Peter Svensson reports. Tablets are even better-made now - and fierce competition has kept prices very low.
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