5 Things to Know This Morning

PHOTO: In this Oct. 31, 201 file photo, a passenger checks her cell phone after boarding a flight.

Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

1. FCC to Consider Allowing Cellphones on Planes

The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its ban on making cellphone calls on planes.

2. NSA Surveillance Challenge Lands in Federal Court

Government lawyers will appear in federal court today to defend the National Security Agency program that gathers bulk telephone records as a measure to fight terrorism.

3. Teen Raped Teacher Before Killing Her, Indictment States

Philip Chism, the Massachusetts teenager charged with the murder of a high school math teacher, sexually assaulted the woman in what a prosecutor said was a series of "unspeakable acts" in a brutal assault, according to an indictment.

4. Professor Charged With Alleged Rapist's Revenge Killing Taken Into Custody

Norma Patricia Esparza, a professor at Webster University accused of participating in the murder of her alleged rapist nearly two decades ago, was taken into custody after she declined a plea deal that would send her to prison for three years.

5. Largest Human Christmas Tree Sets Record

Thailand set the Guinness World Record for the largest human Christmas tree with 852 schoolchildren dressed in green and red hoodies.

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