published Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

Nino Diaz reads a Spanish language newspaper at a Cuban cafe in Miami's Little Havana section, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 about the news of the day. The Cuban government has announced that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas for more than a half-century. A notice published in Communist Party newspaper Granma said the change takes effect Jan. 14, and beginning on that date islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the country they are traveling to. It is the most significant advance this year in President Raul Castro's five-year plan of reform that has already seen the legalization of home and car sales and a big increase in the number of Cubans owning private businesses.(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Nino Diaz reads a Spanish language newspaper at a Cuban cafe in Miami's Little Havana section, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 about the news of the day. The Cuban government has announced that it will no longer require islanders to apply for an exit visa, eliminating a much-loathed bureaucratic procedure that has been a major impediment for many seeking to travel overseas for more than a half-century. A notice published in Communist Party newspaper Granma said the change takes effect Jan. 14, and beginning on that date islanders will only have to show their passport and a visa from the country they are traveling to. It is the most significant advance this year in President Raul Castro's five-year plan of reform that has already seen the legalization of home and car sales and a big increase in the number of Cubans owning private businesses.(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 just outside our solar system that is similar to ours in size — but its surface may be like molten lava.

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.

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

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.

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.

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