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August 30, 2012

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CLINTON — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

1. ROMNEY'S MOST IMPORTANT SPEECH SO FAR

Millions will be watching as the nominee addresses the GOP convention Thursday night.

2. POLICE: 100-YEAR-OLD DRIVER HITS 11 NEAR SCHOOL

The screams of women and children didn't prompt the elderly driver to stop.

3. HOW NEW ORLEANS FARED AGAINST ISAAC

The city's fortified levees appear to have withstood one of their stiffest challenges yet.

4. A NIGHT OF EMPOWERMENT FOR THE DISABLED

Stephen Hawking — who has shown that physical disabilities do not limit human potential — leads the opening of the 2012 Paralympics.

5. WHAT'S UP AT THE PUMP THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

It's Isaac's fault: Gas prices jumped Wednesday and will keep rising for several days.

6. WHY CHICAGO TEACHERS ARE TALKING STRIKE

Pay, job security and performance evaluations are among issues in the nation's third-largest district.

7. PAYING WITH CELLPHONE APPS — MAYBE

AP tech writer Anick Jesdanun tested four systems, with sometimes chaotic results.

8. INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL. IN A MUSEUM.

Bring your camera, and Fluffy too — on a leash — as the well-regarded Walker Art Center showcases 70 kitty flicks Thursday.

9. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MICHAEL JACKSON

A vigil is held outside the pop star's childhood home on the day he would have turned 54.

10. ROGER CLEMENS' COMEBACK CONTINUES

The 50-year-old will make his second start for the minor-league Sugar Land Skeeters on Sept. 7.

 

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