10 things to know for Thursday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHAT OBAMA IS STRESSING ON FINAL GERMAN VISIT
The U.S. president is emphasizing solidarity to a top trade partner, key NATO ally, and a nation critical to solving Europe's migrant crisis and debt woes.
2. TRUMP BATTLES BACK AGAINST CHARGES OF TRANSITION CHAOS
The incoming Republican administration gets an unlikely boost from outgoing Vice President Joe Biden, who says "no administration is ready on Day One."
3. IN PEP TALK, CLINTON URGES BACKERS TO 'NEVER, EVER GIVE UP'
The Democrat reflects on her devastating defeat, acknowledging the difficulty of her loss for her supporters and urging them to persevere through the Trump era.
4. TORTURE HAUNTS MEXICO DESPITE LAWS
Mexican government records show that relatively few allegations of torture by security forces lead to punishment — and there have been thousands of complaints over the past decade.
5. RUSSIA SAYS STRIKE IN SYRIA KILLED 30 AL-QAIDA FIGHTERS IN IDLIB
The statement comes amid a new wave of airstrikes in the war-torn country, namely in Aleppo, as 59 people have been killed in the past two days.
6. OFFICER CHARGED IN SHOOTING STREAMED ON FACEBOOK
Prosecutors say a Minnesota cop was not justified when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in July.
7. SOUTHERN WILDFIRES HAVE COMMUNITIES ON EDGE
Thousands of firefighters are battling blazes, which have spread from northern Georgia and eastern Tennessee into eastern Kentucky and the western Carolinas.
8. EXPANDED REINDEER CULL AROUSES SUSPICION IN SIBERIA
Russian officials plan to kill up to 250,000 of the animals this year, and activists and herders allege the slaughter is designed to make way for energy companies.
9. WHERE THERE'S A DEARTH OF WHITE STUFF
Autumn snow has been scarce in the Rocky Mountains, forcing some ski areas to push back opening day.
10. WHO WON NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad" wins the prize for fiction and Georgia Democratic congressman John Lewis shares the prize for young people's literature for a novel about his civil rights activism.