Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:
1. GLIMMER OF HOPE FOR A SYRIAN TRUCE
UN backs latest call for a cease-fire, though similar efforts have failed.
2. WHY ABORTION IS BACK IN POLITICAL FOREFRONT
Republicans in close races rush to disavow an Indiana Senate candidate's comment that when a woman becomes pregnant during a rape, "that's something God intended."
3. THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL
CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford a flop when Microsoft unveils a pivotal overhaul Thursday of its Windows operating system.
4. EMBRYOS HAVE GENES FROM ONE MAN, TWO WOMEN
It's not clear if scientists' new technique will ever be used to produce children.
5. A NEW 'JIHAD' AGAINST ASSAD
Foreign Islamic militants — many cozy with al-Qaida — are joining rebels in Syria.
6. ISLANDS (AND GULF COAST) HUNKER DOWN
After drenching Jamaica, Hurricane Sandy charts a course for Cuba — and possibly the Bahamas and Florida.
7. ASPIRIN BEING TESTED AS A CANCER-FIGHTER
One of the world's oldest and cheapest drugs shows promise in treating colon cancer in some patients.
8. WHAT TOM CRUISE WANTS FROM A PUBLISHER
The actor sues — seeking $50 million — because a magazine alleged he has deserted his 6-year-old daughter.
9. TRICK-OR-TREATERS AND THEIR KILLER COSTUMES
The goriest, most violent Halloween costumes now come in extra-small.
10. HOW 'KNOTHOLE GANG' PEEKS AT GIANTS GAMES FOR FREE
Hundreds of fans line up to take advantage of a famous hole in the stadium fence in San Francisco.