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People hold burning candles beside tributes laid outside the home of former president Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

10 Things to Know for Monday, Dec. 9

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

1. SOUTH AFRICA'S EXTENDED FAREWELL TO MANDELA

As world leaders, including President Barack Obama, begin to arrive for a service in Johannesburg on Tuesday, the civil-rights campaigner's life is being memorialized across the country and world.

2. THE STORM THAT WON'T END

Snow, freezing rain and sleet forced the cancellation of thousands of flights nationwide and threatens a messy morning commute for those across the northeast corridor.

3. SENATE DEMOCRATS PUSH OBAMA NOMINEES

Democrats are ready to muscle through the president's choices for pivotal judgeships and other top jobs, but Republicans retain enough power to slow the appointments.

4. THAI GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR EARLY ELECTIONS

Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announces she will dissolve the lower house of Parliament and asks for early voting in an attempt to calm the country's deepening political crisis.

5. US DEFENSE SECRETARY TRAVELS TO PAKISTAN

Chuck Hagel arrived early Monday for meetings with the nation's prime minister and military leaders, hoping to further repair a strained relationship between Washington and Islamabad.

6. UKRAINE SEES LARGEST ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTEST IN DECADE

Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of Kiev on Sunday, toppling a statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and blockading key government buildings.

7. WHY KIM JONG UN'S UNCLE IS OUT

North Korea acknowledges that it has purged the country's second most powerful official, accusing him of corruption, drug use, womanizing and leading a "dissolute and depraved life."

8. NEWLYWED MURDER TRIAL BEGINS

A 22-year-old woman accused of killing her new husband, who fell to his death from a cliff in Montana's Glacier National Park, faces charges in federal court.

9. WHAT INSECT IS NEW TO NEW YORK

A cockroach that can withstand harsh winter cold makes its U.S. debut on the streets Manhattan.

10. KENNEDY HONORS FOR BILLY JOEL, SANTANA

Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, opera star Martina Arroyo and actress Shirley MacLaine also receive the nation's highest award for arts and culture.

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