Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:
1. KEY ECONOMIC REPORT BEFORE ELECTION DAY: The U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by an uptick in consumer spending and a burst of government spending.
2. ROMNEY FACING QUESTIONS ON THE TRAIL: The presidential contender is being queried over his role in a former associate's divorce and is facing continued pressure to break his silence on a GOP Senate candidate's controversial comment on rape and pregnancy.
3. MONEY POURING INTO RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE — $2 BILLION WORTH: The eye-popping figure puts this election on track to be the costliest ever.
4. SANDY MAY WREAK HAVOC ON EAST COAST: The Category 1 hurricane raged through the Bahamas after leaving 21 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm and reach the U.S. East Coast as a monster phenomenon next week.
5. BIPARTISAN LOVE FOR AN UNAPOLEGETIC LIBERAL: At 2 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D., George McGovern, a three-time presidential candidate and former U.S. senator, will be remembered fondly by members of both parties during his funeral.
6. WHAT YOU CAN DO TO NAVIGATE WINDOWS 8: With Microsoft's latest launch, buyers will find an operating system unlike anything they've seen before. AP's Peter Svensson is here to guide you through it. MICR
7. DEADLY ATTACK AT BEGINNING OF EID: A suicide bomber blows himself up outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan, killing 35 people and wounding at least 70, officials say.
8. THE WORLD WAITS TO SEE IF CEASE-FIRE HOLDS: The U.N. chief urges all influential countries to pressure both sides to stop the violence in Syria's civil war.
9. AIR TRAVELERS' PRIVACY GETS AN UPGRADE: At some airports, the government is replacing full-body X-ray scanners with less-invasive machines.
10. TIGERS LOOKING LIKE ANYTHING BUT FAVORITES: Surprising San Francisco rides superb pitching and grind-it-out offense to take a 2-0 World Series lead over Detroit.
6 THINGS TO KNOW IN FLORIDA TODAY
1. STATE TO ARGUE FOR GAG ORDER IN ZIMMERMAN CASE: Assistant state attorney says in his court filing that he believes Zimmerman's defense attorney is using a website, social media and news conferences to influence potential jurors.
2. SANDY MAY BRING DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS: State officials urge residents, visitors to stay out of the water when beaches are closed and obey all beach warning flags.
3. SCHOOL BUS DRIVER PUSHES GIRL OFF: The Tampa driver is charged with aggravated child abuse after using her foot to push the girl off the bus.
4. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SUED BY TECH COMPANY: The breach of contract lawsuit is over a website designed to help students, parents and teachers master new standards.
5. BREVARD WOMAN ATTACKED BY COYOTE: Coyote shot dead after it attacks, wounds central Florida woman
6. CUTENESS ALERT: KITTENS RESCUED FROM ENGINE: When Tampa rescuers were extricating the kitty wedged into the engine, a second kitten was found with an injured foot.
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