10 Things to Know for Today

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Posted: Nov 03, 2014 6:00 AM
10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. FOCUS SHIFTS TO TURNOUT IN LAST HOURS OF CAMPAIGNING

The president still looms large over the midterm elections as the GOP and Democrats clash over his legacy.

2. WHO IS PAYING FOR CAMPAIGN ADS

In eight of the 12 most competitive races in the midterm elections, outside groups outspent the actual people on the ballots.

3. HOW TERMINALLY-ILL ADVOCATE ENDED HER LIFE

Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old brain cancer patient, took lethal drugs prescribed by her doctor after campaigning for months for the expansion of assisted-suicide laws.

4. VIRGIN SPACESHIP'S DESCENT SYSTEM DEPLOYED EARLY

The NTSB finding doesn't fully explain why SpaceShipTwo disintegrated in flight.

5. ISRAEL DENIES ENTRY TO RELEASED 1982 PLANE BOMBER

Documents released to the AP show that Washington has been trying to deport the Jordanian-born Palestinian terrorist to the West Bank for over a year.

6. WHERE COPS IN FERGUSON DIDN'T WANT THE MEDIA

The federal government restricted more than 37 square miles of airspace for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during protests.

7. BRITISH MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING TWO WOMEN IN HONG KONG

One of the victims was found dead inside a suitcase on the balcony of the 29 year-old's upscale apartment in the Asian financial hub.

8. SESEAME STREET TURNS 45

TV's longest-running children's program has managed to stay on the air by adapting to technology and changes in society--now the Cookie Monster sometimes eats fruits and vegetables.

9. ROBOTIC PENGUIN DESIGNED TO SPY ON REAL ONES

It's pretty darn cute, and so convincing that penguins essentially talk to it, as if it is a potential mate for their chicks.

10. BLINDFOLDED MAN WALKS TIGHTROPE BETWEEN SKYSCRAPERS

High-wire artist Nik Wallenda, great-grandson of Karl Wallenda of the famous Flying Wallendas circus family, made the nail-biting walk in Chicago with no harness or net.