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10 for today: Tuesday, Dec. 24

10 for today: Tuesday, Dec. 24

NORAD TRACKS SANTA: The jolly old elf is being tracked on his trip around the world by volunteers at NORAD. Photo: Associated Press

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

1. LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP FOR JAN. 1 HEALTH CARE

Today’s 24-hour extension allows Americans more time to enroll for insurance plans that start on New Year’s Day.

2. UTAH TURNS TO HIGHER COURT IN BID TO END GAY MARRIAGE

Hundreds of couples rush to wed as the state tries again to win a court order halting same-sex marriage.

3. EGYPT LABELS BROTHERHOOD A ‘TERRORIST ORGANIZATION’

The interim government accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of orchestrating a deadly bomb attack on a police complex north of Cairo.

4. HOLIDAY SHOPPING SLOWS

Sales at U.S. stores have fallen for three consecutive weeks, putting pressure on retailers to lift last-minute sales.

5. NEWLY FREED PUSSY RIOT MEMBER SPEAKS OUT

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova calls her early release by Putin a stunt, and urges a boycott of the Winter Olympics.

6. GAY CODE-BREAKER GIVEN ROYAL PARDON

Briton Alan Turing cracked Nazi codes to help win WWII, yet his sexuality led to a criminal conviction and subsequent suicide.

7. DESIGNER OF AK-47 RIFLE DIES AT 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov created what has become the world’s most popular firearm.

8. WHAT WAS THE TOP STORY OF 2013

AP’s poll of U.S. news editors puts the troubled ‘Obamacare’ rollout at number one, followed by the Boston bombing and the papal handover.

9. AUBURN’S GUS MALZAHN NAMED AP COACH OF THE YEAR

He has the No. 2 Tigers in the national championship game after directing one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history.

10. HOW MANY VIDEO GAMES ZAP THE WORLD RECORD

A New York man’s collection of 10,607 titles earns him the new Guinness record. VIDEO GAMES RECORD

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