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10 things to know for Wednesday

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

1. CANDIDATES FINE TUNE FOCUS FOR FINAL SPRINT

Wooing independents, Obama stresses his plans for a second term while Romney assumes a more centrist stance.

2. WHERE THEY STAND, FROM SETTING TAXES TO WAGING WAR

As Election Day nears, the AP's Calvin Woodward outlines the candidates' positions on issues that will frame America's future.

3. SUSPICION IN KILLING TURNS TOWARD HEZBOLLAH

Opponents of the Syria-allied group, which dominates Lebanon's government, accuse it of playing a role in assassinating a top intelligence official.

4. WHO BENEFITS FROM AMERICA BECOMING A LEADING OIL PRODUCER

With the U.S. poised to overtake Saudi Arabia for the top spot, steel companies, railroads and some retailers are among the economic winners.

5. JAMAICA BRACES FOR A NASTY STORM

Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to be a hurricane when it hits the island nation Wednesday.

6. COMPARING THE IPAD MINI WITH ITS RIVALS

The device, with many of the same features as a regular iPad, has a bigger screen but costs more than a Nook or a Kindle Fire.

7. WHAT LIFE IS LIKE IN SYRIA'S LARGEST CITY

"I want to live, that's it," a teenage boy says, summing up the desperation of many residents of Aleppo.

8. WALL STREET PLUNGE SUGGESTS ECONOMY'S FRAGILITY

Steep drop comes as big-name companies report weak revenues — and lower forecasts for the rest of the year.

9. "SKYFALL" GETS A JOLT FROM ITS ARCH-ENEMY

The AP's Jake Coyle says Javier Bardem is one of the finest villains ever in a Bond film.

10. HOW THE WORLD SERIES FOES MATCH UP

It's power-packed Detroit against never-say-die San Francisco.

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