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    A man uses his Apple iPhone on a street in Beijing Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Apple and China Mobile announced a long-anticipated agreement Monday to bring the iPhone to the world's biggest phone company. The iPhone, once hugely popular in China, has been eclipsed by the rise of lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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    Maria Alekhina, center, a member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot speaks to the media at the Committee against Torture after being released from prison, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Alekhina, and two other band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and sentenced to two years in prison for the performance at Moscow's main cathedral in March 2012. Samutsevich was released several months later on suspended sentence. (AP Photo/Filipp Romanov)

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    Thai anti-government protesters, right, push through line of riot police during a rally at the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. About 5,000 protesters took part in the rally and later stormed into the DSI office building when the DSI has charged the protest leaders on illegal demonstrations and frozen their bank accounts last week. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

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

1. THAI PROTESTERS TRY TO BLOCK ELECTION SIGN-UP

The demonstrators, determined to unseat Thailand’s prime minister, surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium in an unsuccessful attempt to stop political parties from registering for a Feb. 2 vote.

2. UTAH ASKS JUDGE TO BLOCK GAY WEDDINGS

The request comes just days after a federal justice ruled that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates gay and lesian couples’ rights.

3. WHAT VET’S GROUPS VOW TO FIGHT

Organizations representing the military community say they will challenge plans to halt annual pension increases for armed services retirees.

4. WHO GETS SPRUNG FROM JAIL

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are freed after being locked up for hooliganism following a performance critical of President Putin.

5. WHY US IS JUICIEST TARGET FOR CREDIT CARD HACKERS

Credit and debit cards in America still rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back.

6. GLITCH-FILLED ROLLOUT OF ‘OBAMACARE’ CHOSEN AS YEAR’S TOP NEWS STORY

The runner-up in the annual AP survey is the Boston Marathon bombing.

7. AL-QAEDA’S RARE APOLOGY

The terror group’s Yemen branch says it’s sorry for an unauthorized attack by one of its fighters on a hospital that killed dozens of people.

8. IN SOUTH SUDAN, FEARS OF FULL-BLOWN CIVIL WAR

Fighting between rebels and government troops continues to rage in the world’s newest country.

9. WHERE FILLING UP MAY FINALLY COST SOMETHING

As Venezuela’s economy struggles, the president hints at increases in the price of gas — a commodity that has been nearly free for years.

10. APPLE SEALS DEAL WITH WORLD’S BIGGEST PHONE CARRIER

The pact with China Mobile ends a lengthy courtship between the two companies and could boost sales of the iPhone in China.

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