published Thursday, September 20th, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

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    FILE - This June 21, 2011 file photo shows Colombian singer Shakira with her boyfriend FC Barcelona Gerard Pique, left, during a plenary session at the President's Conference in Jerusalem. Shakira promoted her global education campaign with a stop at a joint Israeli-Arab school in Jerusalem on. Shakira is pregnant with her first child. The 35-year-old posted on her website Wednesday that she and boyfriend Gerard Pique “are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby.” Pique, who is from Barcelona, is a soccer player for FC Barcelona. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill, Pool)
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. THE WORST MAY BE OVER

New census numbers suggest that the U.S. economy has bottomed out.

2. ESTIMATE FOR HEALTH CARE PENALTY RISES SIGNIFICANTLY

Analysts now say about 6 million Americans will face a tax penalty for not carrying medical coverage in 2016.

3. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FAULTED OVER FAST AND FURIOUS

More than a dozen people face possible disciplinary action for the bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona.

  1. EXTREMISTS, FOREIGN FIGHTERS ON THE RISE IN SYRIA

Conflict's evolution into open war has attracted infiltrators to the front lines.

5. AN APPEAL FOR A STRONGER STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE

After attacks by vandals on Christian holy sites in Israel, normally tight-lipped Roman Catholic officials are beginning to speak out.

6. ARCTIC ICE SHRINKS TO ALL-TIME LOW

Scientists say global warming is to blame for an ice cap 18 percent smaller than the previous record.

7. WHEEEE! TURNS TO UH-OH

Stuck on a California amusement park attraction, riders dangle 300 feet in the air for nearly four hours.

8. FOREIGN FILMS WELCOME — EXCEPT FROM THE U.S.

An international film festival opens today in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

9. SHAKIRA PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD

The Grammy-winning singer says she and her soccer-player boyfriend "are very happy" awaiting the birth.

10. HOW ODDSMAKERS VIEW THE NFL'S REPLACEMENT REFS

Las Vegas casinos are betting that this weekend's games will be the highest-scoring ever — thanks to the league's fill-in officials.

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