Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. DEBATE CRACKLES WITH ENERGY
Romney and Obama disagree about taxes, how to reduce the deficit, energy, pay equity for women and health care.
2. KEEPING THE CANDIDATES HONEST
The AP’s Calvin Woodward says Romney corrected some of the errant claims he’s made before, while stretching the facts on the auto bailout he opposed. Obama again claims ending the Afghanistan and Iraq wars makes money available to “rebuild America” — even though it doesn’t.
3. WHO’S FIGHTING THE REGIME IN SYRIA’S LARGEST CITY
If they win, the rebels’ blend of poverty, religious fundamentalism and anger could define the future of Aleppo, and perhaps the rest of the country.
4. A LESSENING OF CUBA’S TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS HAS ISLANDERS REJOICING
Scrapping the detested exit visa means Cubans can leave the nation anytime as long as they have a passport and permission from the country they want to enter.
5. WHERE THE BLAME RESTS FOR SECURITY FAILURE AT LIBYAN EMBASSY
Hillary Clinton takes responsibility, but Republicans say security of Americans overseas is the president’s duty.
6. IT’S A HOT VERSION OF EARTH
Astronomers discover a planet just outside our solar system that is similar to ours in size — but its surface may be like molten lava.
7. WHAT THE LATEST HIKE IN SOCIAL SECURITY REALLY AMOUNTS TO
Higher Medicare premiums could eat up most of the raises averaging $19 a month for more than 56 million Americans.
8. TRULY ONE FOR THE BOOK(ER)S
British author is first woman to win two Booker Prizes. And it’s the first time the prestigious literary prize has been given for a sequel.
9. NEW HOSTS FOR ‘THE X FACTOR’
Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian will debut during the show’s live broadcasts next month.
10. NEW YORK TRYING TO AVOID AN ABYSS
If they don’t win tonight, the Yankees will fall into an 0-3 hole against Detroit in their AL championship series.
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