Top Stories: Hundreds Dead In Philippines; Port Strike Ends : The Two-Way Also: Republicans look for "position to fall back on" in budget, tax talks; "Fast and Furious" firings may be coming; Syria's Nusra Front may be labeled a "terrorist group;" world's oldest person, 116-year-old Georgia woman, dies.

Top Stories: Hundreds Dead In Philippines; Port Strike Ends

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Hundreds Dead, Hundreds Missing After Typhoon Slams Philippines.

-- Deal Struck To End L.A. Port Strike; Walkout Was Delaying Billions In Goods.

-- 118,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls Last Month, Report Signals.

-- Egads! Aussie DJ Pretends To Be Queen, Gets Hospital To Talk About Kate.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at Tuesday night's lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree. Zhang Jun /Xinhua /Landov hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at Tuesday night's lighting of the Capitol Christmas Tree.

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Other stories making headlines:

-- "In Tax Fight, G.O.P. Seeks a Position to Fall Back On." (The New York Times)

-- "Firings Set Over 'Fast and Furious.' " (The Wall Street Journal)

-- "U.S. Might Name Syrian Rebel Nusra Front A Terrorist Group." (McClatchy Newspapers)

-- Serbia's NATO Envoy "Jumps To Death In Brussels Car Park." (BBC News)

-- San Francisco "Is No Longer The Naked City." (San Francisco Chronicle)

-- Bessie Cooper Of Georgia, Who Was World's Oldest Person, Dies. She Was 116. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)