The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 16, 2013

10 things to start your Thursday

By Jim Birt

By The Associated Press



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

1. TRI-CORNERED COALITION LED TO BUDGET DEAL

The measure won support from the White House, most Democrats in Congress and many Republicans fearful of the economic impact of a default.

2. WHICH SENATOR COULD BE CALLED THE ‘TEFLON TEA PARTYER’

Sen. Ted Cruz, a main player in precipitating the government budget and credit crises, is still winning over conservatives.

3. QUALIFIED PRAISE FOR TEHRAN AS NUCLEAR TALKS CLOSE

High-stakes talks between Iran and six world powers adjourn on an upbeat note with an agreement to meet again in three weeks — and with much work still to do.

4. MEMO OBTAINED BY THE AP REVEALS HEALTH CARE GOALS

In the first month, the Obama administration had hoped that nearly 500,000 people would sign up for insurance. But that was before a cascade of computer problems.

5. NEW BLOW TO WESTERN-BACKED SYRIAN OPPOSITION

A rebel commander announces that dozens of factions fighting in southern Syria no longer recognize the largely exile-based political group.

6. FACEBOOK RELAXES PRIVACY SETTINGS FOR TEENS

The social network is now allowing users ages 13-17 to share their posts with anyone on the Internet.

7. WHERE WOMEN SCIENTISTS ARE EARNING THEIR DUE

An effort is underway to add information to Wikipedia about the scientific and technological achievements of women.

8. HAGEL APOLOGIZES TO MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

The Army initially lost the relevant paperwork, causing a long wait before William Swenson’s heroism in Afghanistan was recognized.

9. WHO’S GETTING HIS OWN TV SHOW

Mia Farrow’s son Ronan — who until recently hadn’t been in the public eye — will host a weekday program on MSNBC.

10. SHORT, SHOELESS — AND SUCCESSFUL — ON BASKETBALL COURT

A team of Mexican Indian boys sweeps through a hoops tournament despite their generally short stature and the fact that most play barefoot.