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October 18, 2013

10 things you need to know for Friday

By The Associated Press

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

1. BUDGET DEAL COMES WITH STRINGS ATTACHED

The last-minute agreement generates yet another round of looming deadlines on the same thorny issues.

2. GOVERNMENT GETTING BACK TO NORMAL

From the Liberty Bell to Alcatraz, federal landmarks reopen and furloughed employees return to work after the 16-day shutdown.

3. US RESURRECTS CASE AGAINST EX-BLACKWATER CONTRACTORS

The Justice Department brings new charges against four guards in a deadly shooting in a busy square in Baghdad that inflamed anti-American sentiment in 2007.

4. WHY ROUHANI NEEDS TO WALK A FINE LINE

Hard-line factions hold sway over Iran’s nuclear program and could pose complications if they feel the president’s diplomacy goes too far.

5. OBAMA TAPS EX-PENTAGON LAWYER AS HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF

An administration official says the president will nominate Jeh Johnson because of his experience as a national security leader.

6. WHAT SET OFF A MANHUNT IN FLORIDA

Forged documents led to the mistaken release of two convicted killers serving life in prison, authorities say.

7. SCIENTIST BELIEVES HE’S SOLVED MYSTERY OF THE YETI

DNA analysis suggests the elusive ape-like creature in the Himalayas is really a bear.

8. HOW A SKULL SHEDS LIGHT ON EARLY HUMANS

Researchers say the 1.8-million-year-old fossil provides the earliest evidence of human ancestors moving out of Africa and spreading north.

9. PORN PUBLISHER DOESN’T WANT MAN WHO SHOT HIM EXECUTED

Larry Flynt says that while he would love to take pliers and a pair of wire cutters to the man, he does not believe in the death penalty.

10. NOLAN RYAN DECIDES TO STEP DOWN

The Hall of Fame pitcher says this is the right time for him to retire after six years as CEO of the Texas Rangers.

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