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October 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

10 things to know for Wednesday, Oct. 17

The Associated Press

A daily look at breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:

1. AGGRESSIVE OBAMA REBOUNDS, ROMNEY HOLDS FIRM

The crackling town-hall debate Tuesday night was an almost desperate competition of ideas and claims between two men who badly want the job.

2. BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN

The line by Romney inspired its own Twitter account, @Romneys-Binder, which had more than 12,000 followers before the debate ended.

3. WHO’S FIGHTING THE REGIME IN SYRIA’S LARGEST CITY

If they win, the rebels’ blend of poverty, Muslim fundamentalism and anger could define the future of Aleppo, and perhaps the rest of the country.

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.

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.

6. IT’S A HOT VERSION OF EARTH

Astronomers discover a planet in a star system nearby that is similar to ours in size – but its surface may be like molten lava.

7. WHAT’S NEW IN TABLETS FROM APPLE, MICROSOFT

Invites went out for an event next Tuesday, where the company is expected to announce the release of a smaller iPad. The question is, can Microsoft’s $499 Surface tablet catch your fancy instead?

8. WHY BIN LADEN’S DRIVER IS CLEARED

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.

9. WHEN THE DICTIONARY WAS WRONG

Critics of the Australian prime minister said she misused the word “misogyny” in a speech, pointing to the definitive Macquarie Dictionary to back their claim. The dictionary, meanwhile, decided it liked the PM’s definition better.

10. YANKEES ON BRINK OF ELIMINATION

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.

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