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10 for today: Friday, Dec. 20

10 for today: Friday, Dec. 20

ROBOTS IN SPACE: The robot, named Kirobo, and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata pose for a photo as they make small talk in Japanese at the International Space Station. The first humanoid robot in space performed its first mission at the space station - holding a series of conversations with Wakata and keeping him company. The talks are part of an experiment testing the robot's autonomous conversation functions. Kirobo is programmed to process questions and select words from its vocabulary to construct an answer, instead of giving pre-programmed responses to specific questions. Photo: Associated Press/Kibo Robot Project

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

1. WHO IS UPSET OVER TARGET’S HANDLING OF DATA BREACH

Angry customers say they’re having trouble contacting the discounter over the theft of details from 40 million card accounts.

2. BUSES FERRY INJURED FROM LONDON THEATER COLLAPSE

The double-deckers helped 25 ambulances take 76 patients to hospital, after the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre crashed onto the audience.

3. CRACKDOWN ON SEXUAL ASSAULT IN ARMED FORCES

The Senate passes a defense bill which will overhaul the military justice system and add protection for victims of sex offenses.

4. BAN RUFFLES FEATHERS OF ‘DUCK DYNASTY’ FANS

Half a million viewers support a Facebook page calling for the return of suspended patriarch Phil Robertson.

5. WHY US GENERAL WAS DEMOTED

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey drank heavily and associated with “suspect” women on a trip to Russia, investigators say.

6. FIGURE-SKATING CHAMP COMES OUT AHEAD OF SOCHI TRIP

Brian Boitano announces he’s gay as he joins the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics.

7. WHERE FAKE SMOKES FACE REAL BAN

New York City lawmakers vote to ban e-cigarettes from restaurants, bars and city parks in a measure Mayor Bloomberg is expected to sign.

8. RODMAN HOLDS PYONGYANG TRYOUTS

The flamboyant Hall of Famer is assuring NBA veterans it is safe to join an exhibition game he is staging in the North Korean capital.

9. ROBOT KEEPS ASTRONAUT COMPANY

Humanoid robot Kirobo holds a weightless conversation with astronaut Koichi Wakata on the International Space Station.

10. WHAT’S HOT FOR CHRISTMAS

Faux fur and vegan leather are on trend as holiday gifts, as today’s better-looking fakes gain popularity.

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