10 things you need to know for Monday (Today)

1) Hope in Egypt. The vote for parliamentary leaders is a milestone many Egyptians hope will usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. EGYPT

2) Pakistan, Afghanistan differ on what triggered deadly attacks. A Pakistani army spokesman denies Kabul’s claims that Afghan and NATO forces received fire from the direction of the two border posts prior to NATO airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

3) Steep Medicare cuts by New Year’s? Unless Congress acts before Jan. 1, doctors will again face steep Medicare cuts that threaten to undermine health care for millions of seniors and disabled people.

4) Parents opting out of school shots for kids. The growing trend seeking vaccine exemptions has health officials worried about outbreaks of diseases that once were all but stamped out, an AP analysis by Medical Writer Mike Stobbe finds.

5) “I’m very pleased with how it has gone.” That’s what Gen. James F. Amos says about the recent lifting of a U.S. ban on gays serving openly in the military, stating that U.S. Marines worldwide have adapted smoothly and embraced the change.

6) Orange fire Fine. Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine is sent packing after a third man accuses the basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago.

7) Pentagon reversal. In the past two months, nearly 9,000 Army National Guard soldiers were either sent home early from Iraq or Afghanistan, or were told that the Pentagon’s plans to send them to war had either been shelved or changed.

8) Costly peanut butter crimping food banks. Food banks around the country say rising peanut butter prices are making it harder for them to provide one of their most-requested items this holiday season.

9) Vonn goes splitsville. Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn and her husband, who doubles as her chief adviser, are calling it quits after four years of marriage.

10) Symbol of freedom makes heartwarming comeback. Once in danger of extinction, the bald eagle has made a remarkable comeback in many states where it had struggled. An AP Postcard series piece by National Writer Martha Irvine.

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