TGIF! 10+ things to know for Friday

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

1. U.S. JOBLESS RATE TAKES UNEXPECTED TURN: The U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

2. SEARCH IS ON FOR MENINGITIS VICTIMS: Clinics and medical centers around the U.S. rush to contact perhaps thousands of patients who might have received tainted injections for back pain.

3. HOW THIRD-PARTY CANDIDATES FACTOR IN ELECTION: Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. Yet in a tight race that likely will be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal.

4. SAFETY OF PARASAILING COMES INTO FOCUS: Victims' families say tougher regulation and penalties might make it safer, but operators say equipment upgrades and basic maintenance would do the trick.

5. TURKISH RETALIATION INCREASES REGIONAL VOLATILITY: The battle to oust Syria's Assad has deepened sectarian rifts in Lebanon and Iraq, raised tensions along the frontier with Israel and emboldened Kurdish separatists in Turkey.

6. THE MYSTERY BEHIND "REBECCA": A planned Broadway musical of the psychological thriller based on a 1938 novel collapses amid questions of financial backing, a plot twist that prompts an FBI inquiry.

7. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY GETTING LITTLE SUPPORT: As 34 states fail to meet the law's conditions, some say it costs too much to implement and others have doubts about how it works.

8. STUDY: FREE BIRTH CONTROL LOWERS ABORTIONS, TEEN BIRTHS: The finding comes as millions of women are beginning to get access to contraception without copays under Obama's health care law.

9. JAY-Z LAUNCHING YOUTUBE CHANNEL: The rapper will debut Life and Times with the live-streaming of the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center.

10. NFL LOSES ANOTHER UNDEFEATED TEAM: Robert Quinn has three of the Rams' nine sacks and St. Louis sends the Arizona Cardinals to the ranks of the beaten with a 17-3 victory.

TODAY AND EVERY DAY: Click here for links to recent arrest reports and mug shots in Collier and Lee counties.

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