The Associated Press
A daily look at breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: LIVE AT 6 TONIGHT
President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney meet face to face for the first time in this presidential campaign, giving millions of Americans a chance to size them up. It begins at 6 p.m. Seattle time on just about any TV channel out there. Incidentally, it’s the Obamas’ 20th wedding anniversary — “Go figure,” says the first lady.
2. U.S. TARGETS MILITANTS AS REPUBLICANS SAY DIPLOMATS’ PLEAS WERE IGNORED
As the secret Joint Special Operations Command prepares “target packages” to hunt down militants behind the deadly Sept. 11 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya, Republicans charged that the administration had turned down diplomats’ pleas for increased security. They say a long string of precursor attacks — including one against the British ambassador — made the climate of danger clear.
3. WHO THE REAL TARGETS BECAME IN POST-9/11 INTEL EFFORT
A Senate report says the program to gather data on terrorists was actually used for ordinary local crime fighting – at a cost of $1.4 billion.
4. BORDER PATROL AGENT GUNNED DOWN
One Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded early Tuesday while patrolling a troubled stretch of the Arizona border favored by smugglers and drug cartels. The fatality was the agency’s fourth in that area in the past two years.
5. U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS MEXICAN POLICE `AMBUSHED’ EMBASSY CAR
Two CIA officers were wounded in what may have been a targeted assassination attempt orchestrated by a drug cartel.
6. HIGH-SEAS HIT-AND-RUN?
Witnesses say that after a Hong Kong ferry and another ship collided, the ferry crew seemed paralyzed as the other vessel filled with water and sank. The ferry, witnesses say, lingered for a moment then sailed away, offering no assistance as 38 people died.
7. WHY THE U.S. IS HAVING A BABY BUST
The weak economy has dampened enthusiasm for having children, experts say, explaining four straight years of declining birth rates.
8. ADAM GREENBERG GETS SECOND CHANCE AT THE BIG LEAGUE
Seven years after he was beaned by the first pitch he saw, Adam Greenberg got a one-day contract to bat for the Marlins. He struck out — but to roaring applause: “It was magical.”
9. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS MAY NOT BE WHAT THEY SEEM
Twenty percent of weight loss and immune-boosting supplements examined in a government report made illegal claims on their labels.
10. HOW A TV ANCHORWOMAN FOUGHT BACK AGAINST `CRUEL WORDS’
Jennifer Livingston responded on air to a viewer who criticized her weight, and told children “Do not let your self-worth be defined by bullies.”