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Your DayStarter: It should feel a little more like January today; also, developments in Oregon, the Mideast and on gun control

Following a record-breaking week of holiday heat, our brief spell of wintry weather (by Florida standards, anyway) should come to an end this week with temperatures much more like normal. Today and Tuesday will be sunny and cool after Sunday's smattering of rain, with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s to low 50s, according to 10Weather WTSP.

• The Bucs' season ended with a thud on Sunday, as a 38-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers completed a four-game losing streak. Beat writer Greg Auman picks through the wreckage, noting five things you might have missed and passing along receiver Mike Evans' regrets concerning his ejection. He also looks ahead to the offseason, evaluating free agency prospects and the possibility that offensive lineman Logan Mankins might retire.

• Have Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz really missed the 'vast majority' of Senate votes? PolitiFact breaks down the answer to the question Sen. Rand Paul posed on Meet the Press on Sunday.

Plan your week: The circus is coming to town, one of the world's top creators of Buddhist sand mandalas will be crafting his art at a St. Petersburg museum and teenage cross divers will plunge into a chilly Tarpon Springs bayou for Epiphany — and more.

• Tired of all the sugar plums and sweetness? You can make reservations now for Disney Hollywood Studios' new adult Club Villain party with Disney bad guys.

• People in the rural eastern Oregon town of Burns are used to worrying about friction between the federal government and locals, but the armed takeover of a nearby national wildlife refuge is raising concerns to a new high.

• President Barack Obama is slated to finalize a set of new executive actions today tightening the nation's gun laws, making his first order of business in the new year a clear signal the president in his final year doesn't intend to go quietly.

• Chinese stocks plunged nearly 7 percent today, triggering an emergency trading suspension and pushing global markets sharply lower. The grim start to 2016 was caused by weak Chinese manufacturing data and tensions in the Middle East.

• Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom's lead and have begun scaling down their diplomatic ties to Iran today in the wake of the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic, violence that was sparked by the Saudis' execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

• A strong earthquake hit India's remote northeast region before dawn today, killing at least eight people, injuring more than 100 and causing damage to several buildings.

• The Mississippi River and many of its tributaries are continuing their retreat from historic and deadly winter flooding, leaving amid the silt a massive cleanup and recovery effort likely to take weeks if not months.

Thomas Bassinger breaks down the film and points out the Turning Point from Sunday's big Bucs loss to Carolina. Look for it by lunchtime at tampabay.com/bucs.

Your DayStarter: It should feel a little more like January today; also, developments in Oregon, the Mideast and on gun control 01/04/16 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2016 8:55am]
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