10 Things to Know for Wednesday

October 2, 2012 - 8:34 PM
US North Africa Terror

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2008 file photo, taken with a night vision scope, U.S. Special Operations forces are seen during a joint operation with Afghan National Army soldiers targeting insurgents operating in Afghanistan's Farah province. Small teams of U.S. special operations forces arrived at American embassies throughout North Africa to set up a new counterterrorist network months before militants killed the U.S. ambassador in Libya. But officials say the network was too new to stop the Benghazi attack. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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

1. HOW THE U.S. IS FIGHTING TERRORISM IN NORTH AFRICA

Special ops forces are at U.S. embassies throughout the region, officials reveal, but the strategy was too new to avert the killing of the ambassador in Libya.

2. U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS MEXICAN POLICE 'AMBUSHED' EMBASSY CAR

Two CIA officers were wounded in what may have been a targeted assassination attempt orchestrated by a drug cartel.

3. 'GO FIGURE,' MICHELLE SAYS AS DEBATE FALLS ON THE OBAMAS' ANNIVERSARY

The president will share the stage with Romney, rather than the first lady, at 9 p.m. Wednesday. But at least she'll be close by in the audience.

4. WHO THE REAL TARGETS BECAME IN POST-9/11 INTEL EFFORT

A Senate report says the program to gather data on terrorists was actually used for ordinary local crime fighting — at a cost of $1.4 billion.

5. A PLOY TO RAISE TEST SCORES

In Texas, a school district tries to rebuild after a scheme to push out under-performing students is exposed.

6. WHEN AN AISLE SEAT THREATENS TO BECOME AN AISLE

American Airlines is inspecting at least 47 of its planes after "improperly installed" seats on some flights came loose.

7. WHY LABOR DISPUTES ARE SILENCING ORCHESTRAS

Flat ticket sales and declining financial support are impacting musicians' salaries, leading ensembles around the country to go on strike.

8. UNLIKE BOND'S MARTINIS, AUDIENCES ARE STILL STIRRED BY HIS FILMS

A half-century after Sean Connery brought the character to the screen, 007 remains a movie icon.

9. WHERE JIMMY HOFFA ISN'T BURIED

Police who acted on a tip and dug into a suburban Detroit backyard say there's no sign of a human body there.

10. HONDURAN CANDIDATES DOLE OUT UNUSUAL POLITICAL SWAG: COFFINS

Politicians' charities find a novel way to help the destitute families of a rapidly rising number of murder victims.