10 Things to Know for Thursday

Staff Writer

The Associated Press

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

1. MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS URGED TO END SYRIA WAR

As Russia enters the fray militarily, Europe and the U.S. are split on who should be invited to the table, with the Americans preferring a tight grouping of itself, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

2. KABUL COUNTERACTS TALIBAN TAKEOVER

Afghan forces push into the strategic northern city of Kunduz captured by insurgents, forcing them to retreat in heavy street fighting.

3. WHERE HURRICANE JOAQUIN IS HEADED

The Category 3 storm is bearing down on the Bahamas, and forecasters say it is following a path that would take it near the U.S. East Coast by the weekend.

4. HOW CLINTON'S HOMEBREW SERVER WAS COMPROMISED

Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to trick Hillary Rodham Clinton into infecting her computer systems while she was secretary of state, newly released emails show.

5. BIPARTISANSHIP ON PENTAGON BILL NOT IN OFFING

The House is scheduled to vote on a defense bill that Obama threatens to veto amid a bitter dispute about government spending.

6. CANNABIS FANS CHECK OFF ANOTHER STATE

Oregon marijuana shops begin selling pot for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry in the state.

7. SENATORS REACH REDUCED PRISON TIME DEAL

Some non-violent drug offenders could get less time in jail under a bipartisan package that would overhaul the criminal justice system and encourage rehabilitation.

8. WHAT IS WORRYING U.S. LEGAL EXPERTS

Police across the country are increasingly using GPS tracking devices hidden in stacks of cash, pill bottles and other objects to catch thieves.

9. 'DANCING WITH THE STARS' REQUIRES GRIT

AP's Lynn Elber finds that there have been so many injuries and health woes during the hit ABC competition that it could be renamed "Triage with the Stars."

10. BLUE JAYS SOAR INTO PLAYOFFS

Toronto routs Baltimore 15-2 in the first game of a doubleheader to clinch its first AL East title in 22 years.

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