Dec 18, 9:29 PM EST

10 Things to Know for Friday

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

1. NEWLY FREED CUBAN WHO SPIED FOR US PORTRAYED AS VITAL ASSET

Before he was caught and jailed, his information was so good, officials say, that it helped American authorities ferret out a number of Cuban spies in the U.S.

2. WHY CASE AGAINST NORTH KOREA IN SONY HACKING ISN'T AIRTIGHT

Experts caution that hackers notoriously employ disinformation to throw investigators off their tracks.

3. DOW MAINTAINS UPWARD MOMENTUM

The index soars more than 420 points, its second straight triple-digit gain.

4. BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECT IN COURT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2013

Tensions run high outside, with one bombing victim confronting protesters holding signs supporting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev .

5. WHO'S SUING COLORADO OVER ITS MARIJUANA LAW

Nebraska and Oklahoma allege that pot is being brought from Colorado into the neighboring states.

6. STEPHEN COLBERT RETIRES HIS `REPORT'

His next step: playing himself as the new host of CBS' "Late Show" replacing David Letterman, who exits next May.

7. WHAT WHITE HOUSE IS LACKING

A security review done after a man with a knife stormed the building concludes that better fencing is needed.

8. IRS WARNS OF WAITS FOR TAX REFUNDS

The head of the agency says budget cuts could delay people's refunds next year.

9. VETERAN AP COURTS REPORTER CALLS IT A CAREER

Over 48 years, Linda Deutsch covered the cases of Charles Manson, O.J. Simpson and countless others, both famous and infamous.

10. GET SET TO BE BOWLED OVER

Over the next three weeks, 38 college football bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas.

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