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10 things to know for Thursday

 Posted: 6:45 AM October 31, 2013

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

To read more about today's national and international news, click here.

1. OBAMA VOWS TO CURE HEALTH CARE WEBSITE

"There's no excuse" for the dysfunctional rollout, he declares. "And I take full responsibility for making sure it gets fixed ASAP."

2. NSA REPORTEDLY ACCESSES YAHOO, GOOGLE DATA CENTERS

The latest revelations trigger legal questions, including whether the agency may be violating federal wiretap laws.

3. WHAT HASN'T HAPPENED SINCE 1918

The Boston Red Sox claimed their third World Series title in 10 years with a 6-1 win over St. Louis, clinching the title at Fenway Park for the first time in nearly a century.

4. AFTER PUSHING OUT US MILITARY, IRAQ BACKTRACKS

American weapons, training and manpower are needed to help fight a bloody resurgence of al-Qaida, a top official says.

5. WHAT'S STAYING THE SAME AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE

The Fed — while seeming to signal that the economy is improving — will continue to buy $85 billion a month in bonds.

6. JEWISH BOOKS, PAPERS FOUND IN IRAQ RAISE OWNERSHIP QUESTIONS

A sample of the trove will be displayed this fall in Washington. But plans to return the material to Iraq are meeting opposition.

7. STUDY: GETTING YOUR BELL RUNG SHOULD MEAN A TIME OUT

A report reveals gaps in what is known about the risk of concussions in youth sports, but urges athletes to stay on the sidelines whenever they suffer one.

8. HOW DO YOU 'LIKE' ME NOW?

Mobile advertising spurs a 60 percent quarterly revenue increase for Facebook, beating Wall Street's expectations.

9. SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM — AND YOU'RE 21

The New York City Council votes to raise the tobacco-purchasing age from 18 to 21, higher than all but a few places in the U.S.

10. WHO STOLE THE SHOW AT THE VATICAN

As the pope delivers a homily, a little boy climbs onto the papal chair — and at one point even clings to the pontiff's legs.


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