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10 things to know for Monday

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 23, 2013 at 7:02 a.m.

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

1. THAI PROTESTERS TRY TO BLOCK ELECTION SIGN-UP

The demonstrators, determined to unseat Thailand's prime minister, surrounded a Bangkok sports stadium in an unsuccessful attempt to stop political parties from registering for a Feb. 2 vote.

2. UTAH ASKS JUDGE TO BLOCK GAY WEDDINGS

The request comes just days after a federal justice ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban violates gay couples' rights.

3. WHAT VET'S GROUPS VOW TO FIGHT

Organizations representing the military community say they will challenge plans to halt annual pension increases for armed services retirees.

4. WHO GETS SPRUNG FROM JAIL

Two members of a Russian punk band are freed after being locked up for hooliganism after a performance critical of President Vladimir Putin.

5. WHY U.S. IS JUICIEST TARGET FOR CREDIT CARD HACKERS

Credit and debit cards in America still rely on an easy-to-copy magnetic strip on the back.

6. GLITCH-FILLED ROLLOUT OF 'OBAMACARE' CHOSEN AS YEAR'S TOP NEWS STORY

The runner-up in the annual AP survey is the Boston Marathon bombing.

7. AL-QAIDA'S RARE APOLOGY

The terror group's Yemen branch said it's sorry for an unauthorized attack by one of its fighters on a hospital that killed dozens of people.

8. IN SOUTH SUDAN, FEARS OF CIVIL WAR

Fighting between rebels and government troops continues to rage in the world's newest country.

9. WHERE FILLING UP MAY FINALLY COST SOMETHING

As Venezuela's economy struggles, the president hints at increases in the price of gas, a commodity that has been nearly free for years.

10. APPLE SEALS DEAL WITH WORLD'S BIGGEST PHONE CARRIER

The pact with China Mobile ends a lengthy courtship between the two companies and could boost sales of the iPhone in China.

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