10 things to know for Thursday, Dec. 26: Scientists say Arafat died of natural causes
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
They say there is no indication that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium.
A new AP poll indicates that 46 percent of respondents feel 2013 was about the same for them as 2012, 20 percent say it was worse, and 32 percent say it was better.
China and South Korea say it glorifies Japan's militaristic past.
Thousands of people left without electricity due to ice storms might not get power restored until Friday.
Communist Party leaders pay tribute to Mao Zedong, and censors work to remove criticism of him from social media.
Warren Weinstein, the elderly American kidnapped from Pakistan in 2011, has appeared in a new video asking President Obama to negotiate his release.
As Myanmar opens up after decades of military rule, tribes like the Chin and Maun give up customs like facial tattooing and use of tribal dialects.
The GOP wants to use the overhaul's bumpy trajectory as leverage in 2014 midterm elections, but can't agree on a strategy for opposing it.
Authorities have yet to arrest anyone months after a fire killed eight children crammed into a room where they were living as Islamic religious pupils often forced to beg.
The presidents of Kenya and Ethiopia will meet with South Sudan's president, hoping to mediate an increasingly deadly conflict.