10 Things to Know for Today

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019 file photo, a riot policeman removes an anti-government protester who is blocking a main highway with her body, in Beirut...
A worker looks up underneath a Boeing 737 MAX jet Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Shares of Boeing fell before the opening bell on a report th...
An Afghan man lights a candle in front of a poster showing Tetsu Nakamura , a Japanese physician engaged in aid work who was killed Wednesday, Dec. 4 ...
A charity worker wearing a Santa Claus costume walks after delivering Christmas presents to a poor family on the outskirts of Brasov, Romania, Sunday,...
A child holds up a statue of baby Jesus as Pope Francis blesses them during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlo...
A woman shouts slogans from inside a bus after being detained during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Dec. ...
Mark Hamill arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
A girl rides a horse on a merry-go-round on the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019 file photo, a riot policeman removes an anti-government protester who is blocking a main highway with her body, in Beirut...

A worker looks up underneath a Boeing 737 MAX jet Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Shares of Boeing fell before the opening bell on a report th...

An Afghan man lights a candle in front of a poster showing Tetsu Nakamura , a Japanese physician engaged in aid work who was killed Wednesday, Dec. 4 ...

A charity worker wearing a Santa Claus costume walks after delivering Christmas presents to a poor family on the outskirts of Brasov, Romania, Sunday,...

A child holds up a statue of baby Jesus as Pope Francis blesses them during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlo...

A woman shouts slogans from inside a bus after being detained during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Dec. ...

Mark Hamill arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Los Angeles (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

A girl rides a horse on a merry-go-round on the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

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

1. AMID IMPEACHMENT, CONGRESSMAN SWITCHES PARTIES New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, one of the few Democrats opposing President Trump’s ouster, tells aides he will become a Republican.

2. HOW THESE UPRISINGS ARE DIFFERENT FROM ARAB SPRING While the 2011 protests were directed at long-ruling autocrats, the current economically driven unrest is directed at corrupt political elites who have failed to provide basic services.

3. BOEING GETS FAA MESSAGE The grounded 737 Max jet won't be approved to fly anytime soon, prompting the aviation giant to suspend production on the fleet indefinitely starting in January.

4. YELLOW MEANS ‘SHOP,’ BLUE MEANS ‘STOP’ Protesters in Hong Kong are using their spending power to punish businesses they deem hostile to their cause, using color-coded apps to labels stores and help guide consumers.

5. SOUTHERN FRESHWATER MUSSEL DIE-OFF RAISES CONCERNS Infectious disease may be to blame and scientists are working quickly to find a culprit because if all the mussels die, the rivers will never be the same.

6. BRITISH LEADER MAKES NO DEAL BREXIT CLAIM Boris Johnson says Britain will strike a new trade deal with the European Union by the end of next year or leave without one.

7. ‘IT WAS TOTAL CHAOS’ Three people are dead and a dozen more injured as suspected tornadoes smash into buildings, down trees and leave a trail of destruction in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.

8. EXECUTIONS ON THE DECLINE IN US A new report finds a continuing decline in capital punishment in America, with less than 30 such cases for the fifth straight year.

9. BREES SETS NFL ALL-TIME TD MARK The New Orleans Saints’ quarterback passes Peyton Manning to become the league’s career leader in touchdown passes in a 34-7 win over Indianapolis.

10. ‘THE RISE OF SKYWALKER’ A HIT PREMIERE Audiences enthusiastically greet the latest “Star Wars” film, rising in a standing ovation as the credits on the closing chapter in the franchise’s third trilogy rolled.