10 things to know for Friday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:
1. WHO’S THE REAL CANDIDATE OF CHANGE
Both Romney and Obama vie for the mantle as they make their closing arguments in an unpredictably close race for the White House.
2. THE ECONOMY BEGINS TO SHINE AGAIN
Several reports show a brightening view with cheaper gas, rising home prices and lower unemployment, giving consumers the confidence to spend more.
3. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NYC, IT’S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION
City residents grapple with traffic, bus lines and shortages, prompting one to exclaim “I’m tired of it, big-time.”
4. A TRAGIC ENDING IN THE SEARCH FOR MISSING BOYS
Police find the bodies of the children, ages 2 and 4, who were separated from their frantic mother in Staten Island at the height of Superstorm Sandy by the rising water.
5. WHAT THE CIA SAYS REALLY HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI
Agency officers say they responded to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in less than 25 minutes and were never told to delay or stand down.
6. WHY PUTIN IS KEEPING A LOW PROFILE
Speculation abounds that the Russian president injured himself during a publicity stunt when he used a motorized hang-glider to fly with cranes, though his office denies it.
7. HOW THE REBELS ARE STRIKING BACK IN SYRIA
Assaults on military checkpoints in the north and other attacks result in the deaths of 78 regime soldiers
8. TWO CHILDREN STABBED TO DEATH IN GRUESOME SCENE
A suburban Chicago woman tells investigators she killed her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl because she was angry that her husband, a trucker, was often away, prosecutors say.
9. NYC MARATHON: THE RACE MUST GO ON
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the Sunday run won’t divert resources from storm victims as he defends the decision not to cancel the event.
10. BLAKE’S BIG NIGHT AT THE CMA’s
Blake Shelton, “The Voice” star, wins entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.