Ravi Shankar: Dead at 92.
North Korea: Launches a rocket that appears to reach the Philippines.
The Syrian opposition: Formally recognized by the U.S.
Major transportation package: Coming next week, from Gregoire.
Republicans are going to cave on the fiscal cliff standoff: Says Obama.
Punched in the face: A FOX News contributor covering pro-labor demonstrations in Michigan.
Could airplane rows get any closer together? The answer is yes.
The world is not ending: The Vatican promises.
The Mazama pocket gopher: In need of federal protection, experts say. (Also: cute!)
And a short history of the GIF: