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October 5, 2012

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1. US JOBLESS RATE TAKES UNEXPECTED TURN

The U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

2. TURKISH RETALIATION INCREASES REGIONAL VOLATILITY

The battle to oust Syria's Assad has deepened sectarian rifts in Lebanon and Iraq, raised tensions along the frontier with Israel and emboldened Kurdish separatists in Turkey.

3. SEARCH IS ON FOR MENINGITIS VICTIMS

Clinics and medical centers around the U.S. rush to contact perhaps thousands of patients who might have received tainted injections for back pain.

4. HOW THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATES FACTOR IN ELECTION

Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. Yet in a tight race that likely will be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal.

5. SAFETY OF PARASAILING COMES INTO FOCUS

Victims' families say tougher regulation and penalties might make it safer, but operators say equipment upgrades and basic maintenance would do the trick.

6. THE MYSTERY BEHIND "REBECCA"

A planned Broadway musical of the psychological thriller based on a 1938 novel collapses amid questions of financial backing, a plot twist that prompts an FBI inquiry.

7. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY GETTING LITTLE SUPPORT

As 34 states fail to meet the law's conditions, some say it costs too much to implement and others have doubts about how it works.

8. STUDY: FREE BIRTH CONTROL LOWERS ABORTIONS, TEEN BIRTHS

The finding comes as millions of women are beginning to get access to contraception without copays under Obama's health care law.

9. JAY-Z LAUNCHING YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The rapper will debut Life and Times with the live-streaming of the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center.

10. NFL LOSES ANOTHER UNDEFEATED TEAM

Robert Quinn has three of the Rams' nine sacks and St. Louis sends the Arizona Cardinals to the ranks of the beaten with a 17-3 victory.

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