KNOW IT ALL: Thursday's Top 7 Stories at NBC News

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Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:

1. Paris Attacks Ringleader Confirmed Dead in Raid

The Belgian jihadist suspected of being the mastermind of the Paris terrorist attacks was killed during a raid on a suburban apartment, officials said Thursday. Abdelhamid Abaaoud died along with a woman who blew herself up with a suicide belt when elite police forces stormed the scene early Wednesday outside Paris. Another man was killed by a sniper. Read more in NEWS.

2. Here’s What Keeps Intelligence Officials Up at Night

With thousands of miles of border to police, cities full of millions of people, and a virtually uncountable number of electronic messages flying around the world every day, trying to stop a handful of terrorists from committing random acts of violence may be a nearly impossible task. Read more in NEWS.

3. 'War Followed Us': Refugees Fear Backlash

At the vast, squalid camp known as "The Jungle," the Paris terrorist attacks have only added to the troubles facing refugees and migrants. "We escaped the war," Ahmed, a 29-year old who came to France from Syria, told NBC News. "The war followed us to here." Read more in NEWS.

4. Ex-Subway Pitchman to be Sentenced for Sex Crimes

Jared Fogle is due to formally plead guilty Thursday and be sentenced on charges of having traded in child pornography and paid for sex with minors. His lawyers are seeking a five-year prison term, although prosecutors want 12-1/2 years. Read more in NEWS.

5. Ominous Letter Spooks Southern Churches

Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and Georgia are looking for an anonymous man who sent ominous, eerie letters signed "The Waster" to dozens of churches. Read more in NEWS.

6. 2,000 Contract Workers Go on Strike at 7 Airports

Entering one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year, the baggage handlers and other airport workers at seven of America's biggest hubs went on strike Wednesday night over pay and union rights. The work action began at John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia in New York, Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood in Florida, Newark Liberty in New Jersey and Philadelphia, according to SEIU. Read more in BUSINESS.

7. Carnegie Mellon Denies It Was Paid by FBI to Crack Tor

University officials called reports "inaccurate" that it received a $1 million payment from the FBI to hack Internet anonymity service Tor. Last week, Tor accused CMU of carrying out a hack attack as part of a million-dollar contract with the feds. Read more in TECH.

Nightly Spotlight

A France 24 journalist says she was trying to "keep them on Earth with us" when she ran to help the wounded after gunmen opened fire at a popular bar last Friday.

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