10 things to know for Monday, Oct. 15

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

1. JUDGE MIGHT NOT ALLOW TORTURE TESTIMONY IN GUANTANAMO HEARINGS
  The order affects the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, as pretrial hearings start Monday at 7 a.m. GUANTANAMO-SEPT 11 TRIAL

2. WHAT IT’S LIKE TO TRAVEL FASTER THAN SOUND
Record-breaking skydiver Felix Baumgartner says it’s “hard to describe because you don’t feel it” after his 833.9 mph jump from 24 miles above Earth. SUPERSONIC SKYDIVER

3. THE JUMP’S OTHER RECORD: ONLINE
YouTube officials say a record 8 million viewers watched the live stream of the skydive. SUPERSONIC SKYDIVER-SOCIAL MEDIA

4. ARLEN SPECTER REMEMBERED AS PUGNACIOUS, MODERATE
The former U.S. senator developed the single-bullet theory in President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and played starring roles in Supreme Court confirmation hearings. OBIT-ARLEN SPECTER

5. HOW AMERICANS ARE SPENDING MONEY (OR AREN’T)
The U.S. Commerce Department releases retail sales data for September this morning— the latest opportunity to look for clues about the future of the economy. ECONOMY

6. WHERE ENDEAVOR WILL SPEND ITS RETIREMENT
  “It’s like Christmas!” one staffer exclaimed when the shuttle reached its home at the California Science Museum after a 12-mile crawl through Los Angeles. SPACE SHUTTLE-LAST STOP

7. LAST NOBEL PRIZE TO BE AWARDED
The Economic Sciences winner will be announced today, the sixth and final honor of the year. NOBEL-ECONOMICS

8. GOOD NEWS ON THE HPV VACCINE
A study finds the shots that protect against cervical cancer do not make girls promiscuous, as some parents had worried. HPV VACCINE-SEX

9. A STEP TOWARD PEACE IN THE PHILIPPINES
The government and rebels signed a preliminary peace pact that grants minority Muslims broad autonomy in exchange for ending more than 40 years of violence. PHILIPPINES-MUSLIM REBELS

10. CAMBODIA’S FORMER KING DIES
Norodom Sihanouk saw his country transform from colony to kingdom, U.S.-backed regime to Khmer Rouge killing field, and to a fragile experiment with democracy. CAMBODIA-OBIT-SIHANOUK



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