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August 23, 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. WIKILEAKER: 'I AM CHELSEA MANNING'

The soldier, just sentenced to prison, wants to live as a woman and undergo hormone treatment — creating a whole new set of complications for the military.

2. GLITCH STALLS NASDAQ

Trading on the tech-heavy exchange is halted for three hours by a technical problem.

3. FRESH DISCONTENT IN EGYPT

Islamists remain incensed that Morsi is still in captivity. Now reformists are angry that Mubarak has been released.

4. WHO'S BEING BLAMED FOR SYRIAN DEATHS

A top regime official tells the AP that foreign fighters and their international backers were responsible for an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed scores.

5. HOW OBAMA WANTS TO REIN IN COLLEGE COSTS

New government ratings would judge colleges on their affordability — and perhaps be used to allocate federal financial aid.

6. MOST SAY US NOT YET COLORBLIND

Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress in the past 50 years toward racial equality, a poll shows.

7. WHERE A SHOT RANG OUT AS CLASSES BEGAN

A gun discharges inside a kindergartner's backpack at a Tennessee elementary school. Luckily, no one is hurt.

8. TURNS OUT MEN HAVE 'BIOLOGICAL CLOCK' TOO

Despite the high price tag, a growing number of men are seeking to become single fathers via surrogate mothers.

9. KANYE DISHES TO MOTHER-IN-LAW

The rapper proclaims his love for his wife and daughter on "Kris," the TV show hosted by Kim Kardashian's mom.

10. RYAN BRAUN COMES CLEAN

The suspended Milwaukee slugger admits taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.

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  • Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point WASHINGTON (AP) — Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with Obama's handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches

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  • US employers add 209K jobs, rate rises to 6.2 pct. WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended their hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are gradually shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year

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  • Semi crash coats Indianapolis highway in butter INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A semitrailer has overturned on an Indianapolis interstate, spilling what police say are 45,000 pounds of packages of butter and other dairy products. The crash happened about 3:30 a.m. Friday in the eastbound lanes of Interstate

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  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended NEW YORK (AP) — It's a drama worthy of the Metropolitan Opera: Frantic, last-minute labor negotiations aimed at averting a lockout that threatens to stop both pay and benefits for thousands of singers, musicians, stagehands and other workers. With ju

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  • WWI aviation still alive at aerodrome in New York RHINEBECK, N.Y. (AP) — There's still a place where buzzing biplanes swoop in pursuit of German triplanes, where pilots in open cockpits let their scarves flutter in the wind. The sights and sounds of World War I flight are recreated regularly at the

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  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror susp

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  • GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. Newly released emails show the former IRS official referring to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more, a revelation that is fueling GOP c

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  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided

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  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for Do

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