published Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

10 Things to Know for Today

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    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Morsi, the country's first democratically elected leader, says freedom of expression must be joined with responsibility in a speech that addressed the violent clashes that erupted across the Muslim world in reaction to an anti-Islam video produced in the United States. (AP Photo/David Karp)
    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. WHO'S DEBUTING AT THE UN

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, and Yemen's new leader, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, will make closely watched speeches, starting at 9 a.m. UN-GENERAL ASSEMBLY

2. IRANIAN LEADER PUSHES NEW WORLD ORDER

Ahmadinejad, no friend to the U.S., tells the AP in a wide-ranging interview that it's time to end American "bullying" and domination. AHMADINEJAD-INTERVIEW

3. WHY IOWA'S POLLING PLACES ARE UNIQUE

Anyone who gets 100 signatures can choose a specific place for early voting, leading Romney and Obama supporters to request favorable locations. EARLY VOTING-IOWA

4. WHAT'S INSIDE J.K. ROWLING'S NEW BOOK

AP's Deepti Hajela reviews "The Casual Vacancy," finding unlikable characters but a story with real heart. BOOK REVIEW-ROWLING

5. COMING SOON TO CALIFORNIA: DRIVERLESS CARS

Self-driving cars could be on the roads in 10 years; a new law establishes regulations to test and operate the vehicles. DRIVERLESS CARS

6. WHO WEILDS A PADDLE IN TEXAS SCHOOLS

One school district expanded its corporal punishment policy — allowing both men and women to swat students — after two girls complained of bruising. SCHOOL PADDLING-GENDER

7. SOMALI PIRACY HEYDAY MAY BE OVER

AP reporters find pirates who once owned vast villas now living in unfurnished rooms, after dramatic drop in the number of vessels they seize. SOMALIA-END OF PIRACY

8. SCORE-SETTLING SEEN IN LIBYA

A young rebel credited with helping capture Gadhafi dies after being kidnapped, beaten and slashed. LIBYA-FALLEN HERO

9. WHERE OBAMA, ROMNEY FIND COMMON GROUND

Following a disputed call that cost the Packers a win, both say it's time to bring the "real refs" back to the NFL. OBAMA-NFL

10. HOW THE NEW NOOK MEASURES UP

The tablets are getting lighter and will have HD screens, presenting a tough choice for holiday shoppers looking for a cheap option to the iPad. BARNES & NOBLE-NEW NOOK.

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