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    FILE - This Sunday, June 30, 2013 file photo shows Brazil's Neymar, center, as he lifts the trophy after winning the soccer Confederations Cup final between Brazil and Spain at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano, File)

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    Mike Cochran poses holding a photo Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at his home in Haltom City, Texas, using a magnifying glass to highlight his face along with other reporters serving as pallbearers. On a gloomy November afternoon, I helped carry the inexpensive wooden casket of Lee Harvey Oswald to a grave on a slight rise dotted with dying grass. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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    A member of the Afghan Loya Jirga holds a banner with Pashto that reads, "the agreement with the America is selling out our country," during the meeting in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has told a gathering of elders that he supports signing a security deal with the United States if safety and security conditions are met. Karzai spoke as the 2,500-member national consultative council of Afghan elders known as the Loya Jirga started in Kabul on Thursday. The four-day meeting will discuss the bilateral security pact that defines the role of thousands of U.S. troops who will remain after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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

1. AFGHAN GATHERING OF ELDERS CONSIDERS U.S. SECURITY DEAL

Karzai presents Loya Jirga council with plan drafted with Washington this week.

2. NORTH KOREA DETAINS CALIFORNIA VET

The 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War was prevented from leaving Pyongyang a month ago.

3. FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CHARGE

Republican Rep. Henry “Trey” Radel is taking a leave of absence after receiving a sentence of a year’s probation.

4. IRAN SAYS NUCLEAR DEAL COULD HAPPEN THIS TIME AROUND IN GENEVA

Tehran is eyeing a reduction in banking and oil trade sanctions in exchange for some curbs on its uranium enrichment program.

5. WARNING SIGNS AMONG NUCLEAR PERSONNEL

A draft study, obtained by the AP, cites “burnout” among Air Force launch officers with their fingers on the triggers of 450 weapons of mass destruction.

6. HOW AN AP JOURNALIST BECAME AN OSWALD PALL BEARER

Reluctantly, the reporter, who was one of the few attending the assassin’s funeral, helped in burying his casket.

7. VIRGINIA PROBING TREATMENT OF LAWMAKER’S SUICIDAL SON

Citing a shortage of beds, state senator’s son was released from a mental illness facility, a day before he stabbed his father and killed himself.

8. ARGENTINE RABBI TELLS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH POPE FRANCIS

The pontiff hosted his Jewish friend in the Vatican and they email “every week.”

9. WHO WILL SHINE IN BRAZIL 2014 WORLD CUP

A panel of AP reporters and soccer experts predicts who will win the cup — and who will be the surprise flop.

10. WHY PARAMOUNT IS FIGHTING ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ SEQUEL

The company owns the copyright to the holiday classic and plans to stop a follow-up movie currently in the making.

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