10 Things to Know for Thursday

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Posted: Oct 24, 2012 9:00 PM
10 Things to Know for Thursday

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.