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10 Things to Know for Today: 12-20

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    Customers push shopping carts as they depart a Target retail store Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 in Watertown, Mass. Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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    Shocked and injured theatergoers are transported to hospital in a commandeered London bus following an incident during a performance at the Apollo Theatre, in London's Shaftesbury Avenue, Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013. It wasn't immediately clear which part of the building had collapsed. The London Fire Brigade said the theatre was almost full, with around 700 people watching the show. A spokesman said it was thought between 20 and 40 people were injured. (AP Photo by Joel Ryan, Invision)

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    Former NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman dribbles a ball next to North Korean officials during a practice session for North Korean players in Pyongyang on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Rodman selected the members of the North Korean team who will play in Pyongyang against visiting NBA stars on Jan. 8, 2014, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

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

1. WHO IS UPSET OVER TARGET’S HANDLING OF DATA BREACH

Angry customers say they’re having trouble contacting the discounter over the theft of details from 40 million card accounts.

2. BUSES FERRY INJURED FROM LONDON THEATER COLLAPSE

The double-deckers helped 25 ambulances take 76 patients to hospital, after the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre crashed onto the audience.

3. CRACKDOWN ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ARMED FORCES

The Senate passes a defense bill which will overhaul the military justice system and add protection for victims of sex offenses.

4. BAN RUFFLES FEATHERS OF ‘DUCK DYNASTY’ FANS

Half a million viewers support a Facebook page calling for the return of suspended patriarch Phil Robertson.

5. WHY US GENERAL WAS DEMOTED

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank heavily and associated with “suspect” women on a trip to Russia, investigators say.

6. FIGURE-SKATING CHAMP COMES OUT AHEAD OF SOCHI TRIP

Brian Boitano announces he’s gay as he joins the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics.

7. WHERE FAKE SMOKES FACE REAL BAN

New York City lawmakers vote to ban e-cigarettes from restaurants, bars and city parks in a measure Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign.

8. RODMAN HOLDS PYONGYANG TRYOUTS

The flamboyant Hall of Famer is assuring NBA veterans it is safe to join an exhibition game he is staging in the North Korean capital.

9. ROBOT KEEPS ASTRONAUT COMPANY

Humanoid robot Kirobo holds a weightless conversation with astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station.

10. WHAT’S HOT FOR CHRISTMAS

Faux fur and vegan leather are on trend as holiday gifts, as today’s better-looking fakes gain popularity.

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