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September 20, 2013

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. "GET DOWN!": WOMAN'S FRANTIC ESCAPE FROM THE NAVY YARD

A worker describes what it was like on the inside when former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis shot and killed 12.

2. HOW RESERVIST'S PROBLEMS ELUDED SECURITY

An AP review finds the system of background checks and clearances is so unreliable it's virtually impossible to investigate the nearly 5 million Americans who have them.

3. WHAT THE POPE ENVISIONS FOR THE CHURCH

Francis says the church is sometimes obsessed by "small-minded rules" and says pastors should emphasize compassion over condemnation.

4. REPUBLICANS CONTINUE BID TO PUT HEALTH OVERHAUL ON ICE

House GOP set for a showdown vote on a stopgap funding bill that keeps the government running while undercutting President Obama's health care law.

5. AL-QAIDA MILITANTS SEIZE SYRIAN TOWN

The infighting threatens to further split opposition forces outgunned by President Assad's troops and strengthen his hand.

6. SCIENTISTS STRUGGLE TO EXPLAIN APPARENT WARMING LULL

A report says the rate of warming in 1998-2012 was about half the average rate since 1951 even though greenhouse gas emissions keep rising.

7. DELAY'S CONVICTION IN DONATION CASE TOSSED

A Texas appeals court says there was insufficient evidence for a jury to have found the former House majority leader guilty.

8. POLICE CHIEF'S VIDEOS FLOP WITH MAYOR

Officials intend to fire a small-town police chief after he posts online videos of himself shooting automatic weapons and spewing profanity-laced tirades.

9. NOT A MARTIAN IN SIGHT

Scientists report no methane has been found in the last eight months by the Mars Curiosity rover, diminishing hope of finding present-day life on the red planet.

10. PRINCE OF A GUY WORKS AT DAIRY QUEEN

An employee sees a woman pick up $20 dropped by a visually impaired man and refuses to serve her until she gives it back. When she refuses, he gives the man $20 from his own pocket.

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