10 things to know for Wednesday, Dec. 11: Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
Time magazine says Pope Francis has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time.
A budget deal is reached that would avert about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts. It's expected to be approved by both houses.
Designed to defuse the kind of extreme risk-taking on Wall Street that helped trigger the 2008 financial crisis, it would affect how big banks do business.
Anti-government protesters claim victory after a showdown in which authorities scuffled with demonstrators in the capital.
The casket of the anti-apartheid icon, draped in the multi-colored South African flag, arrives at the seat of power in the country's capital for public viewing.
A new poll shows that nearly two-thirds of people would like to see their House member replaced, and 58 percent disapprove of the president's performance.
Two presidents shaking hands usually isn't noteworthy, but when they are from nations that have been mired in Cold War antagonism for more than five decades, people pay attention.
The European Space Agency is planning to land an unmanned spacecraft on a comet next year in an unprecedented mission.
The parents of a San Antonio university student shot and killed by a campus officer say the official account is inconsistent with their son's character.
America's Evan Lysacek, the reigning Olympic figure skating champ, announces that a hip injury will keep him from competing.