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October 2, 2012

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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

1. SYRIA CIVIL WAR LOOMS OVER GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Over seven days of U.N. speeches, Syria was discussed by countries from Albania to Zambia.

2. WHERE SOCIAL MEDIA IS FUELING VIOLENCE

The NYPD is doubling the size of its gang unit to combat teen crime driven by dares and insults traded on Facebook and other online networks.

3. THE THREE-PART PERFORMANCE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

AP's Connie Cass explains the strategy of first lowering expectations, then being ready to improvise on the fly, and finally spinning the performance.

4. HIGH STAKES FOR PENNSYLVANIA'S VOTER ID LAW

A judge must rule Tuesday whether the tough new law requiring voters to show photo identification can remain intact; the decision could influence the election.

5. HOW TWO BOATS COLLIDED NEAR HONG KONG

Investigators are trying to determine cause of the crash in one of the world's safest waterways that killed at least 36 people; it appears human error was involved.

6. SKYDIVER VS. SOUND BARRIER

From 23 miles up, "Fearless Felix" hopes to reach 690 mph, or Mach 1, next Monday with only a pressurized suit and helmet for protection.

7. WHEN IT PAYS TO ANSWER THE PHONE (FINALLY)

Composer Chris Thile ignored what he thought were election-year robocalls. Actually, it was news he's getting a $500,000 "genius grant."

8. ABUSES BY EGYPTIAN POLICE DOCUMENTED

Six separate crackdowns by police since February 2011 killed at least 120 protesters, according to reports by Amnesty International.

9. AMERICANS NOT QUITE READY TO SHOP 'TIL THEY DROP

Holiday sales are expected to rise slightly, but uncertainties in the economy will likely keep people from overindulging, the National Retail Federation says.

10. DREW BARRYMORE'S NEWEST ROLE: MOM

The actress gave birth to a daughter Sept. 26 with her husband, Will Kopelman.

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  • Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

    A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

    Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

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  • Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

    Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another.

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  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

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  • Smithsonian Tyrannosaurus Rex-15 [Duplicate] T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian WASHINGTON -- More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex -- the king -- is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly

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  • Medical Marijuana [Duplicate] Medical pot measure could boost Florida Democrats MIAMI -- Tied to an unpopular president and his signature health care law, Democrats in the nation's largest swing state see medical marijuana as a potential antidote to political malaise in this year's midterm elections. Party operatives are pushing

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  • Old Social Security debts get reprieved WASHINGTON -- People with old Social Security debts are getting a reprieve -- for now. The Social Security Administration had been participating in a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments tha

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    April marks another tax season when millions of Americans will deduct expenses related to home ownership, children and education from their annual tax bill. These deductions exist because of their perceived value to society; they encourage behaviors that keep the wheels of the economy turning. So why shouldn't the tax code be revised to reward preventive health?

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  • US anti-Semitic attacks down before Kansas deaths

    A group monitoring anti-Semitic attacks in the U.S. cautiously noted a sharp decline in such incidents less than two weeks before the fatal shootings over the weekend outside two Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City.

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