10 Things to Know for Today

FILE - In this 1978, file photo, Mother Teresa, head of the Missionaries of Charity order, cradles an armless baby girl at her order's orphanage in what was then known as Calcutta, India, in 1978. Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church's highest honors just two decades after her death. The Vatican said Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, that Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to Mother Teresa's intercession during an audience with the head of the Vatican's saint-making office on Thursday, his 79th birthday.  (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)
FILE - In this 1978, file photo, Mother Teresa, head of the Missionaries of Charity order, cradles an armless baby girl at her order's orphanage in what was then known as Calcutta, India, in 1978. Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church's highest honors just two decades after her death. The Vatican said Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, that Francis approved a decree attributing a miracle to Mother Teresa's intercession during an audience with the head of the Vatican's saint-making office on Thursday, his 79th birthday. (AP Photo/Eddie Adams, File)

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

1. WHY COUNTERFEITING IS THRIVING IN CHINA

AP’s Erika Kinetz finds that major multinational companies unwittingly paid investigators who themselves manufactured or sold fake goods. CHINA-FAKE INVESTIGATORS-THE FIXER

2. MOSCOW APPEARS TO BE DRIVING SYRIA TALKS

Nations meeting in New York and the U.N. will essentially be negotiating a Russian plan for a “political transition” to end the civil war. SYRIA-IN RUSSIA’S HANDS

3. WHO’S ON THE ROAD TO CANONIZATION

Pope Francis signs off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the nun who made the poor her life’s mission one of the Catholic Church’s highest honors. VATICAN-MOTHER TERESA

4. GUN BUYER MUSED ON FACEBOOK OF TROUBLES HE FACED

Less than a month before his friend carried out the San Bernardino massacre, Enrique Marquez Jr. wondered when the multiple lives he was leading would come crashing down. CALIFORNIA SHOOTINGS

5. PHARMA’S ‘VILLAIN’ FACES RECKONING

Martin Shkreli is the enfant terrible of pharmaceuticals, a millionaire music fan, an unabashed self-promoter and now a defendant in a fraud case. SHKRELI ARREST-PROFILE

6. CONGRESS POISED TO SEND BUDGET DEAL TO OBAMA

The massive spending package would shower tax breaks on working families, businesses and a wide swath of special interests. BUDGET BATTLE

7. WOMEN OUT-EARNING MEN IN CORPORATE FINANCE

Compensation for female chief financial officers at S&P 500 companies last year outpaced that of their male counterparts, according to an analysis by Equilar and the AP. FEMALE CFO-PAY

8. WHAT COURTSIDE COLLISION MAY PROMPT NBA TO DO

LeBron James crashes into and injures the wife of PGA champion Jason Day, and that could prompt the league to take a look at fan safety. LEBRON JAMES-FAN SAFETY

9. ‘STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS’ THRILLS FANS, SETS RECORDS

The most anticipated film in the galaxy opens globally, setting international and pre-sale box-office records and delighting moviegoers. STAR WARS-FAN REACTION

10. RAMS BEAT BUCCANEERS IN POSSIBLE FINAL GAME IN ST. LOUIS

Tavon Austin scores twice, Todd Gurley tops 1,000 yards rushing for the season and the Rams beat Tampa Bay 31-23 as the franchise considers a move to Los Angeles.

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