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October 14, 2013

10 Things to Know for Monday

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

1. WHO WON'T SEE MUCH OF A PAY RAISE IN 2014

Millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect historically small increases in benefits come January.

2. AID WORKERS AMONG LATEST SYRIA KIDNAP VICTIMS

Assailants seize six Red Cross workers and one Syrian Red Crescent volunteer in northern Syria, where such abductions are becoming common amid the civil war's chaos.

3. 'IT SEEMS LIKE AL-QAIDA IS RUNNING THE COUNTRY'

A Baghdad resident echoes the concerns of analysts and government officials who say the terror group has come roaring back in Iraq since U.S. troops left in late 2011.

4. DEBATE ON ROLE OF GOV'T SPREADS ACROSS NATION

For some Americans, the shutdown's disruptions show the feds are too involved in people's lives. Others see that the government does vital things people take for granted.

5. EVACUATIONS AHEAD OF INDIA CYCLONE APPEAR TO SAVE LIVES

Some 1 million people followed orders to leave the giant storm's path, which greatly reduced casualties, safety officials say.

6. GIFFORDS VISITS GUN SHOW

The former congresswoman, a 2011 shooting survivor, toured tables loaded with weapons in upstate N.Y., and pleaded afterward for people to stop gun violence.

7. LITTLE AID FOR SOUTH DAKOTA CATTLE LOSSES

An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 head of livestock perished in last week's blizzard, and a federal program to assist with such losses has expired.

8. WHAT'S THINNING MUSLIM HAJJ CROWDS

One million fewer pilgrims than last year are heading to Mecca due to concerns about a respiratory virus in the region.

9. WHY ST. LOUIS HAS THE BLUES

The National Blues Museum won't find a sweet home in Chicago, but in St. Louis, a rival Midwest with its own deserving musical history, organizers say.

10. VINTAGE TOM TERRIFIC

The veteran New England quarterback drives his team 70 yards, and throws a TD pass with seconds left to beat the Saints 30-27.

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