published Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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    Scaffolding surrounds the statue of Christopher Columbus, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012 in New York's Columbus circle. Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi is constructing “Discovering Columbus,” a contemporary living room around a statue of Columbus as a way to intimately engage the public with the iconic figure which looms six stories above a busy intersection of mid-Manhattan. But some Italian-Americans say the art project makes a mockery of the great explorer and trivializes history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):

1. A CAMPAIGN TACTIC FOR DEMOCRATS: QUOTE TODD AKIN

As the Missouri congressman defies his party by staying in the Senate race, his comments on rape and pregnancy are being used against Republicans running elsewhere.

2. WHERE U.S. TROOPS KEEP DYING, LARGELY UNNOTICED

AP's Deb Riechmann explores why Americans pay more attention to political ad wars than the Afghanistan war.

3. AP POLL SHOWS A TIGHT RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

After the addition of Ryan to the GOP ticket, Romney and Obama remain closely matched.

4. WHY A TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS

Investigators are looking for answers and exploring whether two women killed in the derailment played a role.

5. TROPICAL STORM ISAAC HAS REPUBLICANS WORRIED

After hitting hurricane strength it could target Tampa, right when the GOP holds its convention there.

6. WHAT'S GETTING ATTENTION IN AIR RACE DISASTER PROBE

Loose screws in a World War II-era fighter's tail may have caused the crash that killed 11 last year.

7. CURIOSITY PREPPING FOR FIRST MARS TEST DRIVE

No parallel parking, but the rover will travel 10 feet, turn, back up, and finish to the left of its starting spot.

8. THE SWITCH IN NATALIE WOOD'S DEATH CERTIFICATE

Three decades later, the cause has been amended to "drowning and other undetermined factors," instead of accidental drowning.

9. COLUMBUS GETS A ROOM, BUT NOT EVERYONE LIKES THE PLACE

A Japanese artist is building a living room around a New York statue of the great explorer, and some Italian-Americans say that's disrespectful.

10. A WINNING HAND FOR THE PUSH TO LEGALIZE INTERNET POKER IN THE U.S.

It's a game of skill, not chance, according to a federal judge in New York.

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