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October 29, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. U.S. CONSIDERS ENDING SPYING ON LEADERS

The White House is grappling with the fallout from revelations that the NSA has eavesdropped on German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

2. TEXAS ABORTION CLINICS STAY OPEN FOLLOWING RULING

A judge rules that new restrictions place an unlawful burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy.

3. AMERICANS GET 6-WEEK HEALTH-CARE SIGNUP REPRIEVE

With "Obamacare" website woes ongoing, the White House grants the extension for people to get on the rolls and avoid tax penalties.

4. WHAT'S BURNING EYES, IRRITATING THROATS IN A CALIF. TOWN

It's hot sauce: The city of Irwindale files a lawsuit asking a judge to stop production of Sriracha, claiming the odor from the plant is a nuisance.

5. CHRISTIANS FEAR THEY'RE BEING TARGETED IN SYRIA

Rebel shells are increasingly striking majority-Christian districts in Damascus. At least 32 people have been killed and dozens injured in past weeks.

6. HOW SANDY SURVIVORS ARE MARKING 1ST ANNIVERSARY

Candles and flashlights will light up the shore along the East Coast as people pay their respects to what was lost when the storm roared ashore a year ago.

7. NEW TUNNEL IN TURKEY WAS PROPOSED 150 YEARS AGO

It runs under the Bosporus, connecting the country's European and Asian sides in Istanbul.

8. WHY CHRIS BROWN'S ARREST COULD SPELL TROUBLE

After a misdemeanor assault charge in D.C., additional time behind bars is possible for the singer, who has an album in the works and faces a deadline to complete community service for attacking Rihanna.

9. PENN STATE'S PRICE FOR ALLEGED ABUSE

The university is paying $59.7 million to 26 young men who claim they were sexually molested by ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

10. RED SOX COME WITHIN A WHISKER

After beating the Cardinals 3-1 behind the pitching of Jon Lester to take a 3-2 World Series edge, Boston's bearded band heads back to Fenway to try to wrap it up.

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  • The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. These aren't small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends,

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  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support WASHINGTON (AP) — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to

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