10 Things to Know for Wednesday, Oct. 17

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

1. AGGRESSIVE OBAMA REBOUNDS, ROMNEY HOLDS FIRM
  AP’s Ben Feller described the crackling debate as an almost desperate competition of ideas and claims between two men who badly want the job. PRESIDENTIAL-CAMPAIGN-ANALYSIS

2. BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN
The line by Romney inspired its own Twitter account, (at) Romneys_Binder, which had more than 12,000 followers before the debate ended. DEBATE-ONLINE TRENDS

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. SYRIA-ALEPPO’S REBELS

4. CUBA’S TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS LOOSENED
Scrapping the detested exit visa after half a century means Cubans can leave the nation anytime as long as they have a passport and permission from the country they want to enter. CUBA-EXIT VISA

5. HOW CITIGROUP COULD CHANGE UNDER NEW CEO
Analysts say likely moves include: More cost-cutting, more shrinking and more focus on boring, traditional banking, such as making loans. CITI-WHAT’S NEXT?

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. NEARBY PLANET

7. WHAT’S UP APPLE’S SLEEVE
Invites went out for an event next Tuesday, where the company is expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad. APPLE-EVENT

8. WHY BIN LADEN’S DRIVER IS OFF THE HOOK
An appeals court overturned the conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan because material support for terrorism was not a war crime under international law when he committed the act. APPEALS COURT-HAMDAN

9. WHEN THE DICTIONARY WAS WRONG
The Macquarie Dictionary is broadening its definition of “misogyny” — from a hatred of women to include entrenched prejudice against women — after Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard was accused of hyperbole. AUSTRALIA-MISOGYNY

10. YANKEES ON BRINK OF ELIMINATION IN AL PENNANT
Justin Verlander took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat New York 2-1 for a 3-0 lead in the American League championship series. ALCS-YANKEES-TIGERS

 



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