TGIF! 10 things to know for Friday

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

1. ELECTION ROLLS YOU DON’T WANT TO BE ON: Residents and election administrators around the country report a series of bizarre and questionable mailings addressed to animals, dead people, noncitizens and people already registered to vote.

2. THOUSANDS FALL VICTIM TO UTILITY BILL PAYMENT SCAM: As much as President Barack Obama wants your vote, he's not actually offering to pay your monthly bills.

3. DOCUMENTS CONFLICT ON WHEN ROMNEY LEFT BAIN: Documents filed by Mitt Romney's former company conflict with the Republican presidential candidate's statements about when he gave up control of the private equity firm Bain Capital. President Barack Obama's campaign seized on the discrepancies Thursday to charge that Romney was lying about his background.

4. WHY JPMORGAN CHASE’S CEO HAS A LOT TO EXPLAIN: At 7:30 a.m., Jamie Dimon will appear before Wall Street analysts to apprise them of the bank’s multibillion-dollar trading loss and what he’s doing to prevent it from happening again.

5. REPORT ON ABUSE SCANDAL TARNISHES PATERNO LEGACY: A report that claims the legendary Penn State football coach concealed what he knew about Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children may prove to be an indelible stain. But some students feel the late coach got a raw deal from former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

6. AUTISTIC MAN SURVIVES THREE-WEEK ORDEAL IN DESERT: The 28-year-old from Colorado is found emaciated but alive after living off mainly frogs and roots while wandering lost in the remote Escalante Desert of southern Utah, authorities say.

7. ECUADOR’S UNIQUE INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION: The government is offering $250,000 scholarships to students accepted at the world’s top 50 universities. The trade off? Return home and devote two years to government service for each year of state-paid education.

8. WHY “AMERICAN IDOL” IS ON THE BRINK OF AN ADOLESCENT CRISIS: Steven Tyler is leaving, Jennifer Lopez is dithering about staying, and the TV talent contest field keeps getting more crowded and competitive as the Fox show’s ratings slide.

9. WHEN YOU CAN BID ON AMERICAN GANGSTER PARAPHERNALIA: The guns that 1930s outlaws and lovers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were carrying when they were ambushed by law enforcement agents are going up for auction Sept. 30.

10. CLIPPERS STAR OUT OF OLYMPICS: Blake Griffin will have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and the U.S. forward will miss the London Games. New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis may replace him.

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