Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday:
1. GOP RESPONDS TO DIGRUNTLED SENATORS
Most Republican lawmakers rally around Trump and his agenda, with one all but saying “good riddance” to Jeff Flake and Bob Corker.
2. HOW TAX PLAN IS PLAYING ACROSS US
Most Americans say they believe Trump’s tax overhaul would benefit the wealthy and corporations, according to an AP-NORC poll.
3. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SETS NEW FLIGHT RULES
All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures before takeoff.
4. AID FINALLY TRICKLING DOWN TO REAL PEOPLE
Nearly a year after Congress approved an extraordinary $1 billion to tackle the opioid crisis, the money is gradually reaching places where it can do some good.
5. WHICH INSURANCE COSTS ARE GOING UP
An independent analysis finds that premiums for the most popular health plans under “Obamacare” will rise by an average 34 percent next year.
6. ‘NO OTHER OPTION’
The vice president of Catalonia tells the AP that Spanish authorities have left the region’s separatist government no choice but secession.
7. NIKKI HALEY EVACUATED FROM UN CAMP
The ambassador is flown by helicopter from the camp for displaced people in South Sudan because of a volatile demonstration against the country’s president.
8. WHO’S CONFUSING POLITICS WATCHERS
Joe Biden hasn’t decided to run for president in 2020. But he’s decided that he’s “not going to decide not to run.”
9. FATS DOMINO DEAD AT 89
The amiable rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s steady, pounding piano and easy baritone helped change popular music while honoring the traditions of New Orleans, his hometown.
10. NEW HOTBED FOR ‘BEAUTIFUL GAME’
Atlanta United, averaging 48,200 fans a game, has been a shining star amid a year of intense disappointment for American soccer.