Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Friday:
1. WHAT THE U.S. JOB MARKET REPORT WILL LIKELY SOLIDIFY: Companies are hiring steadily but cautiously. And unemployment remains high.
2. CANDIDATES MAKING FINAL PUSH FOR VOTES: Obama is eager to hold ground in key battlegrounds, and Romney is pushing to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania.
3. NEW YORK'S 'FORGOTTEN' ISLAND BEARS BRUNT OF SANDY: Staten Island, an isolated pocket of the city, is perhaps the area most devastated by the monster storm that has left more than 90 dead.
4. AS ROUTINE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY, IT'S JOINED BY FRUSTRATION: Big Apple residents grapple with traffic, bus lines and shortages, prompting one to exclaim "I'm tired of it, big-time."
5. NOW IT'S ATLANTIS' TURN TO JOURNEY INTO RETIREMENT: At 6:30 a.m., the space shuttle's trek at Cape Canaveral, Fla., won't replicate the narrow, stop-and-go turns that Endeavour encountered last month in Los Angeles, but its mastermind is sweating bullets nonetheless.
6. EPA: HYUNDAI, KIA OVERSTATED GAS MILEAGE: The U.S. agency found that the Korean automakers inflated the gas mileage on most of their models by one to six miles per gallon.
7. KOSHIK THE ELEPHANT HAS AN UNUSUAL TALENT: Scientists confirm the 5.5-ton tusker can reproduce the Korean words for "hello," ''sit down," ''no," ''lie down" and "good."
8. DAY OF THE DEAD OBSERVANCES COLORFUL, MACABRE: From Mexico to Haiti to Guatemala, the festivities to honor loved ones vary from pouring moonshine to voodoo to a wild horse race.
9. BLAKE'S BIG NIGHT AT THE CMA's: Blake Shelton, "The Voice" star, wins entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.
10. CHARGERS COACH GETS REPREIVE AFTER WIN: Norv Turner is off the hot seat, at least for 10 days, as reeling San Diego snapped a long touchdown drought en route to a 31-13 victory over the staggering Kansas City Chiefs.
5 THINGS TO KNOW IN FLORIDA TODAY
1. ACLU SUES PANHANDLE CITY FOR DRUG-TESTING: The American Civil Liberties Union says a Panhandle city wrongly fired an employee for refusing to take a drug test. The civil rights advocacy group filed a lawsuit against De Funiak Springs on Wednesday alleging suspicionless drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment's protections against unreasonable searches.
2. PARENTS SUE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT: The parents of a 7-year-old disabled girl who choked while riding on a school bus and later died are suing the Hillsborough County school district. In the lawsuit filed Thursday, Lisa and Dennis Herrera claim the district violated their daughter's civil rights when employees failed to properly position the girl in her wheelchair, failed to monitor her and failed to provide medical care in January.
3. NORTH FLORIDA DOCTOR SENTENCED IN PILL MILL CASE: A north Florida doctor is going to prison on Medicaid fraud and prescription drug charges in a pill mill case. A circuit judge gave 68-year-old Dr. Young Am Park a two-year sentence this week in Lake City.
4. DEMOCRATIC HEAD ASKS SCOTT TO EXTEND VOTING TIME: The League of Women Voters is joining a call by the chairman of Florida's Democratic Party for Gov. Rick Scott to extend early voting through Sunday following reports of record turnouts and long lines of voters at poll sites statewide. But Republican Party executive director Mike Grissom says it's wrong "for one side to demand that we break the law because they feel like they are losing."
5. GABRIELLE UNION, MARC ANTHONY STUMP FOR OBAMA: Actress Gabrielle Union and singer Marc Anthony are among the celebrities warming up the crowd for first lady Michelle Obama in the battleground state of Florida. The two reminded thousands of the president's grass-roots supporters in Miami on Thursday that the stakes in next week's election were too high to sit back and do nothing.
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