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In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 photo, Japanese dishes are served on a table for dinner at Japanese restaurant Irimoya Bettei in Tokyo. Washoku, the traditional cuisine of Japan, is being considered for designation as part of the world's priceless cultural heritage by the U.N. this week. But even as sushi and sake booms worldwide, purists say its finer points are candidates for the endangered list at home. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

10 Things to Know for Today - Tuesday, Dec. 3

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

1. SPEEDING TRAIN CRASH RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT SAFETY MEASURES

Some experts say the Metro-North derailment could have been avoided if an automated crash-prevention technology had been installed on the system.

2. HOW OBAMA IS TRYING TO MOVE PAST HEALTH CARE SITE ISSUES

The president is focusing on the benefits of the law while accusing the GOP of trying to take them away without offering alternatives.

3. PROTESTERS STORM PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE COMPOUND IN BANGKOK

In a reversal of tactic, Thai police remove barricades and don't stop demonstrators' moves.

4. PORTRAIT EMERGES OF DETAINED AMERICAN IN NORTH KOREA

The 85-year-old war vet is remembered affectionately by members of his once-feared South Korean guerrilla group.

5. VIN DIESEL VISITS PAUL WALKER CRASH SITE

The "Fast and Furious" actor attended a private memorial service before thanking fans for paying their respects to his late co-star. 6. BOB DYLAN CHARGED IN FRANCEBob Dylan charged with "public insult and inciting hate"over a 2012 interview in Rolling Stone magazine.

7. WHAT A PA. MUSEUM IS LETTING BLIND VISITORS DO

Tactile tours of an archaeology center allow vision-impaired guests to touch and feel ancient artifacts.

8. WHY INTERNET SHOPPING TAXES ARE HERE TO STAY

The Supreme Court turns away appeals from Amazon.com and Overstock.com in their fight against a N.Y. court decision forcing them to remit sales tax on online purchases.

9. JAPAN'S TRADITIONAL CUISINE SEEKS GLOBAL HERITAGE NOD

Chefs say Japanese "washoku" cooking, which symbolizes harmony and uses seasonal flavors, is threatened by the rise of fast food staples such as McDonald's and Krispy Kreme.

10. SEAHAWKS CLINCH BERTH, EYE HOMEFIELD

Russell Wilson throws three touchdown passes and Seattle becomes the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 win over New Orleans.

The Journal Gazette contributed to this report.

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