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10 things to know today from across the nation and around the world

September 4th, 2013 6:55 am by Associated Press

10 things to know today from across the nation and around the world

1. CLEVELAND KIDNAPPER COMMITS SUICIDE

Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, is found hanging in his prison cell.

2. GOP'S BOEHNER BACKING SYRIA STRIKE

Now he'll try to persuade tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members to support Obama's plan for military action against the Assad regime.

3. PUTIN: SHOW ME PROOF

He tells the AP and a state TV broadcaster that Russia would support a military strike if it receives convincing evidence that Syria employed chemical weapons.

4. WHERE NATIONAL GUARD WON'T OFFER SAME-SEX BENEFITS

The commander of the Texas Guard, defying a Pentagon order, argues that the state Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

5. NAACP, KKK COME FACE TO FACE

A meeting believed to be the first of its kind is held in Caspar, Wyo., to open a dialogue.

6. GERALDO RIVERA STRIPPED FROM PANEL

Duquesne University says the half-naked cellphone picture the TV personality posted on Twitter is not in line with the school's values.

7. HOW HOTELS ARE CHANGING

Long treated as dead spaces, lobbies are being transformed into places to work, surf the Web or meet friends for a drink.

8. SAMSUNG'S SUPERSIZED 'MEGA'

The new device is so big it shouldn't even be called a phone — except for the fact that it makes phone calls, reports the AP's Anick Jesdanun.

9. WHO'S RETURNING TO 'AMERICAN IDOL'

After a year off, Jennifer Lopez will be back behind the judges' table along with Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban.

10. SERENA TWO WINS FROM US OPEN CROWN

She advances to the semis with a crushing 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

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