10 Things to Know for Friday

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, joined by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, after the Democratic majority voted to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. McConnell said Democrats are using a power play to distract voters from the president's troubled health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. MISSOURI MOVES TO DEFUSE TENSION OVER KILLING OF UNARMED BLACK TEEN

The state Highway Patrol supplants the much-criticized local police in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb roiled by protests since Saturday's shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white officer.

2. AL-MALIKI STEPPING DOWN AS IRAQ'S PRIME MINISTER

His decision ends a political deadlock that has plunged the country into uncertainty as it fights a Sunni militant insurgency.

3. ROBIN WILLIAMS HAD PARKINSON'S DISEASE, WIFE SAYS

The diagnosis gave the comedian yet another challenge, along with depression, anxiety and his decades-long struggle to stay sober.

4. WHAT'S SUPRISING ABOUT POPE'S CHOICE OF WHEELS

Arriving in South Korea, the pontiff leaves the airport in a notably humble conveyance — a compact black Kia.

5. EBOLA OUTBREAK SHOWS NO SIGN OF EBBING

The World Health Organization agency says it is prepared for the crisis to continue for months.

6. AMISH GIRLS SAFE AFTER APPARENT ABDUCTION

The girls turned up 13 miles from where they disappeared from their family's upstate New York roadside farm stand, authorities say.

7. WHY EUROPE'S ECONOMY IS STILL STUTTERING

The bloc's leading members just aren't thriving. Germany's economy, for instance, shrank 0.2 percent last quarter.

8. MUCH OF GLACIAL MELTING MAN-MADE

More than two-thirds of the rapid melt of the world's glaciers can be blamed on humans, a study determines.

9. DAVID GREGORY DEPARTING NBC'S 'MEET THE PRESS'

During his tenure, the venerable Sunday morning show dropped from first place to third in the ratings. Gregory will be replaced by Chuck Todd.

10. WHO'S FOLLOWING BUD SELIG AS BASEBALL COMMISSIONER

His second-in-command, Rob Manfred, is elected by team owners to take over when Selig retires in January.

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