Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:
1. HOW WOMEN CAN QUALIFY FOR COMBAT
Under the military's new rules, they'll have to meet the same physical requirements as men.
2. WHAT'S NEEDED TO PASS GUN CONTROL
The public must get behind the effort, says Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, because "this is really an uphill road."
3. ABBAS SEES AN OPENING
He invites newly elected Israeli lawmakers — many of whom are moderates — to meet with him to talk about a Palestinian state.
4. A REAL DRAG
Millions of smokers may find they can't afford health insurance when Obama's health care law takes effect.
5. THEY LIKE HIM. THEY REALLY LIKE HIM
Chavez' cult of personality grows in his absence: witness a woman at a demonstration holding a portrait of him — next to an image of Jesus.
6. FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT
Here comes a fresh mutation of a fast-moving stomach bug that scientists are calling the "Ferrari of viruses." Continued...