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Posted on September 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

The world at 6:20 p.m. Times EDT.

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NEW AND DEVELOPING

— NASA MOONSHOT — NASA poised to return to the moon; launch at 11:27 p.m.

— LAPPING-MANHATTAN — Driver who allegedly posted video of speeding trip around Manhattan faces charges of reckless driving.

— ARSENIC IN RICE — FDA says there is not enough arsenic in rice to cause immediate health fears.

— 9/11 ANNIVERSARY-THREAT — FBI, Homeland Security say there is no credible or specific intel of threat tied to 9/11 anniversary.

— TEACHER RAPE CASE — Court blocks Montana judge's attempt to undo 30-day sentence for teacher who raped student.

— J&J RECALL-INFANT MOTRIN — J&J recalls 200,000 bottles of Infant Motrin formula due to risk of plastic particles.

TOP STORIES

CONGRESS-SYRIA

WASHINGTON — Suggesting an uphill fight for President Barack Obama, House members staking out positions are either opposed to or leaning against his plan for a U.S. military strike against Syria by nearly a 6-to-1 margin, a survey by The Associated Press shows. The Senate is more evenly divided ahead of its vote next week. Still, the situation is very fluid. About half of the 433-member House and a third of the 100-member Senate remain undecided. By Stephen Ohlemacher and Bradley Klapper.

AP photos, graphic, interactive.

G20-SYRIA

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Beset by divisions at home and abroad, President Barack Obama candidly acknowledges the challenges he faces in winning support for military strikes against Syria from foreign allies, Congress and the American people. He refuses to say whether he would launch a strike without lawmakers' approval. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Obama must go through the U.N., though Russia has blocked action there. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace.

AP photos, interactive.

LEBANON-SECURITY FEARS

BEIRUT — The State Department ordered all nonessential U.S. personnel to leave Lebanon, reflecting fears that an American-led strike on neighboring Syria would unleash more bloodshed in this already fragile nation. By Zeina Karam And Ryan Lucas.

AP photos, graphic, interactive.

— SYRIA-ARAMAIC-GLANCE — A look at the growth and decline of the Aramaic language, which many scholars believe was the likely the main language of Jesus Christ and is still spoken in an embattled predominantly Christian village in Syria. AP photos.

ECONOMY

WASHINGTON — Employers are sketching a hazy picture of the U.S. job market for the Federal Reserve to weigh in deciding this month whether to reduce its stimulus for the economy — and, if so, by how much. The economy added 169,000 jobs in August but many fewer in June and July than previously thought. The unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent, the lowest since 2008, but only because more people stopped looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed. By Economics Writer Christopher S. Rugaber.

AP photos, graphic, interactive.

— ECONOMY-SURVEYS-GLANCE — A tale of 2 employment surveys, covering US households and businesses, at a glance.

AUTOS-HIGH PRICES

DETROIT — Americans are paying record prices for new cars and trucks, and they have only themselves to blame. The average sale price of a vehicle in the U.S. hit $31,252 last month, up almost $1,000 over the same time last year. The sharp increase has been driven by consumers loading cars up with high-end stereos, navigation systems, leather seats and safety gadgets. By Auto Writer Tom Krisher.

AP photo.

DEATH ROW WOMAN

PHOENIX — An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row was released on bond after a judge ruled there's no direct evidence linking her to the death of her young son. Debra Milke walked out of the Maricopa County Sheriff's jail after supporters posted $250,000 bond. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned her conviction in March, stating that prosecutors should have disclosed information that cast doubt on the credibility of a since-retired detective who said Milke confessed. By Bob Christie And Brian Skoloff.

AP photos.

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

BOSTON — Some students toted lunchboxes to the first day of school in Boston this week, but district administrators are expecting that could become a more unusual sight as parents learn about a federal program that is now providing all public school students in the city with free breakfast and lunch. The nation's oldest school system has joined a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that has spread to 10 states and the District of Columbia that offers students two free meals every school day, whether or not their families can afford them. By Bridget Murphy.

AP photos, video.

INTERNATIONAL

EGYPT-TOWN IN PERIL

DALGA, Egypt — The Coptic priest would speak to a visitor only after hiding from the watchful eyes of a bearded Muslim outside with a pistol bulging under his robe. So he moved behind a wall in the charred skeleton of an ancient monastery torched by Islamists when they seized control of this town following the ouster of the country's president. The takeover in Dalga points to the strength of hard-liners in Egypt's south and their challenge to the country's new leaders. By Hamza Hendawi.

AP photos, video.

— EGYPT — The detentions of a labor lawyer and journalist raise rights activists' concerns that Egypt's military-led government is widening its crackdown to include non-Islamist critics of its policies. AP photos, video.

GERMANY-OBIT-MISCH

BERLIN — He was Adolf Hitler's devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours in his Berlin bunker. To the very end, SS Staff Sgt. Rochus Misch, who has died at 96, was proud of it all. By David Rising.

AP photos.

GERMANY-SECT RAIDED

BERLIN — Police raid a Christian sect in southern Germany, taking 40 children into foster care on suspicion they were physically abused and seizing sticks allegedly used to hit them. Members of the so-called Twelve Tribes sect acknowledge that they believe in spanking their children but deny wrongdoing. By David Rising.

AP photos.

RUSSIA-MAYOR'S RACE

MOSCOW — Opposition leader Alexei Navalny is widely expected to get less than 20 percent of the vote in Sunday's Moscow mayoral race. Yet the implications of the election - for Navalny, the Kremlin and Russia - could dwarf his impact in the polls. Questions and answers about Navalny and the election. By Laura Mills.

AP photos.

NATIONAL

MISSING WOMEN FOUND-SUICIDE

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ariel Castro, who held three women for a decade in his Cleveland home and committed suicide in prison this week had told authorities they missed opportunities to catch him, including his presence at one victim's school minutes before her abduction, according to interrogation videotapes. By Andrew Welsh-Huggins.

AP photos.

SEX OFFENDERS-MISSOURI

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The politically connected owners of a multi-state tobacco store chain are on a behind-the-scenes mission to pass legislation that would remove hundreds of people convicted of sex crimes as juveniles from Missouri's online listing of registered sex offenders. For Jon Rand and Sharie Keil, the cause is intensely personal, because their son is among those whose name would be dropped. Their efforts have led to a political showdown that would have seemed implausible just a few years ago, when lawmakers were heaping new restrictions on sex offenders. By David A. Lieb.

AP photos.

DISABLED PARKING

PORTLAND, Ore. — Disabled placards are a coveted item in many cities, allowing drivers to park for free. But officials in cities such as Portland, Ore., are alarmed by the number of vehicles with the passes. They are now looking to charge disabled people who are not in wheelchairs. Other cities found that taking away the financial incentive for disabled parking reduces cheating and opens up spaces. By Steven Dubois.

AP photos.

BURN NOTICE-FINALE

MIAMI — The cable spy drama "Burn Notice" is coming to a conclusion after seven seasons, which were set and filmed almost entirely in South Florida. The series has centered around the exploits of superspy Michael Westen, who was framed for crimes he didn't commit, unceremoniously kicked out of the CIA and dumped in his hometown — Miami. Over the course of more than a hundred episodes, Westen, along with his friends and family, has hunted down those who got him burned, brought his enemies to justice and helped many innocent victims along the way. Now, the cast and crewmembers who brought "Burn Notice" to life are saying goodbye, and the South Florida film industry looking out for the next big production. By David Fischer.

AP photos.

BUSINESS

WALL STREET WEEK AHEAD

NEW YORK — Wall Street already handles Americans' retirements, investments and their children's college savings. Next on the list: health care. A growing number of U.S. employees are being asked to set aside money to cover part of their medical bills and, over time, make a plan to invest a portion of it in stocks, bonds or a mutual fund — just like they do with a 401(k) or an IRA. By Ken Sweet.

SCIENCE

NASA MOONSHOT

NASA is poised to return to the moon. An unmanned rocket blasts off late Friday night from Virginia with a robotic explorer that will study the lunar atmosphere and dust. Scientists want to learn the composition of the moon's ever-so-delicate atmosphere and how it might change over time. Another puzzle: whether dust actually levitates from the lunar surface. By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn.

AP photos, video.

ENTERTAINMENT

FASHION WEEK-DAY 2

NEW YORK — New York Fashion Week continues with shows including Project Runway, Peter Som, Carmen Marc Valvo, Jason Wu, Cushnie et Ochs, Rebecca Minkoff, Rag & Bone, Nicole Miller, Helmut Lang and Suno. By AP Fashion Writer Samantha Critchell.

AP photos.

— FASHION WEEK-INSIDER'S EYE — A look behind the scenes with Carmen Marc Valvo concludes with his New York Fashion Week show. By Samantha Critchell and John Minchillo. AP photos.

— FASHION WEEK-INSTAFASHION — All week, Fashion Week insiders allow The Associated Press to travel behind the scenes, sharing Instagram photos of their process. AP photos.

TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL-GANDOLFINI

TORONTO — When Nicole Holofcener sought James Gandolfini for her divorcee romantic comedy "Enough Said," the "Sopranos" actor kept suggesting better options. But what began as a provocative stretch for Gandolfini is now debuting as, tragically, one of his final performances. By Entertainment Writer Jake Coyle.

AP photos, video.

GAMES-XBOX ONE-SAVING FACE

LOS ANGELES — When it comes to hyping the latest hardware, the video game industry doesn't typically opt for simplicity. However, during a presentation to promote the upcoming Xbox One video game console last week, a no-frills approach is exactly what Microsoft employed when confronted with a convention room full of passionate gamers. It's the first stop on an apology tour for Microsoft, which has continued to experience a backlash over connectivity and privacy concerns since unveiling the next-generation device in May. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang.

AP photos.

SPORTS

TEN--US OPEN

NEW YORK — Serena Williams moved a win away from her second straight U.S. Open title Friday, rolling through Li Na 6-0, 6-3 in the semifinals. On Sunday, Williams will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in a rematch of last year's final. Williams won the first seven games against Li to extend her streak to 24 straight games without a loss. By National Writer Eddie Pells.

AP photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH-DIVORCE — George Zimmerman's wife seeks life insurance policy and the couple's dogs.

— RESILIENT CAT — 1 life down, 8 to go: Alaska cat survives 11-story fall after chasing mosquito out window.

— BOYFRIEND BURNED — Conn. woman tells police she killed boyfriend with fire; man survives with 2nd-degree burns.

— MUMFORD & SONS-GUTHRIE — Small Oklahoma town expects to see 35K people for Mumford & Sons concert series stop. AP photos.

— CHILD SHOT IN HEAD — Two men arrested in northeastern Pennsylvania waive extradition in connection with the weekend death of a New York City toddler shot in his stroller.

— MILITARY CHAPLAINS-GAY RIGHTS — The Southern Baptist Convention has barred its military chaplains from taking part in weddings and other events for same-sex couples, a decision made in the wake of the Defense Department's decision to recognize same-sex marriages.

— HERNANDEZ-POLICE — Former New England Patriot Hernandez being arraigned after indictment on murder charge. AP photos.

— SALINGER-COLLEGE DAYS — Famous dropout Salinger still creates mystique at Pa. college, where writers live in his dorm. AP photos, video.

— SHEPHERD GORED-UTAH RESCUE — Utah shepherd hospitalized with punctured lung after being gored by large bull elk.

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