-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. COMMON GROUND ON THE 'FISCAL CLIFF'
Both sides now concede that more tax revenues and cuts in entitlement spending are essential elements of any deal.
2. WHAT PROTESTS PORTEND IN EGYPT
An outpouring of anger in Cairo and other cities signals a prolonged standoff between the president and the opposition.
3. FIGHTING SURGES IN SYRIA
Fears rise that the capital of Damascus could become the next major battlefield in the conflict.
4. WORLD'S OLDEST PERSON DIES AT 116
Bessie Cooper passes away peacefully at a nursing home in Georgia. Earlier in the day, she'd had her hair set.
5. MUCH LESS FANFARE THIS TIME AROUND
From Capitol Hill to the White House, the festivities for Obama's second-term kickoff seem to be barely on anyone's radar.
6. WHY PALESTINIANS MIGHT GO SLOW IN ALLEGING WAR CRIMES
Any complaint against Israel could expose the Palestinians themselves to international prosecution.
7. GRIZZLIES MAY BECOME FAIR GAME FOR HUNTERS
They're likely to lose their protection as a threatened species in the Northern Rockies.
8. BUT CAN THEY TWEET?
Radiation belts around the Earth emit radio waves that sound like birds chirping, NASA probes find.
9. HOW NETFLIX IS ONE-UPPING ITS RIVALS
Under a new deal, Disney movies will play in theaters — then exclusively in the U.S. on Netflix's Internet video service.
10. WHAT OUR MOVIE CRITIC THINKS OF 'THE HOBBIT'
The first installment of the "Lord of the Rings" prelude is "bloated," reports the AP's David Germain.