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October 2, 2012 at 6:25 AM

10 things to know for Tuesday, Oct. 2

The Associated Press

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

1. SYRIA CIVIL WAR LOOMS OVER GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Over seven days of U.N. speeches, discussion of Syria’s “primitive bloodshed” and “carnage” was everywhere. And Syria’s foreign minister accused its neighbors and the United States of supporting “terrorism” by supplying the rebels.

2. SOCIAL MEDIA IS FUELING VIOLENCE

The NYPD is doubling the size of its gang unit to combat teen crime fueled by social media — dares and insults traded on Facebook and other online networks.

3. THE THREE-PART PERFORMANCE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

AP’s Connie Cass explains the strategy of first lowering expectations, then being ready to improvise on the fly, and finally spinning the performance, as the candidates head into Wednesday night’s first big debate.

4. HIGH STAKES FOR PENNSYLVANIA’S VOTER ID LAW

A judge must rule Tuesday whether the tough new law requiring voters to show photo identification can remain intact; the decision could influence the election. Meanwhile, critics of the law are using a simple method to combat it: They’re helping citizens get the documents they need to get registered.

5. HORRIFIC INJURY TO KILLER WHALE AT SEAWORLD

The morning shows at ABC and NBC are carrying reports of a gruesome injury to one of the killer whales at San Diego SeaWorld — a wound so deep it exposed the animal’s jawbone. Some photos of the injury appear in this report in the British press, but be warned: They are tough to look at.

6. HOW TWO BOATS COLLIDED NEAR HONG KONG

Investigators are trying to determine cause of the crash in one of the world’s safest waterways that killed at least 36 people; it appears human error was involved.

7. SKYDIVER VS. SOUND BARRIER

From 23 miles up, “Fearless Felix” hopes to reach 690 mph, or Mach 1, next Monday with only a pressurized suit and helmet for protection. If he succeeds, he would break the record held by Joe Kittinger, which has stood for half a century.

8. WHEN IT PAYS TO ANSWER THE PHONE (FINALLY)

Composer Chris Thile ignored what he thought were election-year robocalls. Actually, it was news he’s getting a $500,000 “genius grant.”

9. ABUSES BY EGYPTIAN POLICE DOCUMENTED

Six separate crackdowns by police since February 2011 killed at least 120 protesters, according to reports by Amnesty International.

10. AMERICANS NOT QUITE READY TO SHOP `TIL THEY DROP

Holiday sales are expected to rise slightly, but uncertainties in the economy will likely keep people from overindulging, the National Retail Federation says.

 

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