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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The world at 6:20 p.m. Times are EST.

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NEW & DEVELOPING

— OBAMA-HEALTH OVERHAUL — Obama says he's sorry Americans are losing health insurance plans he said they could keep. SENT: 180 words. UPCOMING: 550 words by 7 p.m., photo.

— IRAQ — Attacks across Iraq, including double suicide car bombing at military base, kill 30. SENT: 430 words.

— PERRY 2016-IOWA — GOP's Perry quietly returns to Iowa, weighing more methodical White House run than in 2012. SENT: 530 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after speech scheduled for 8:45 p.m.

— CONSUMER CREDIT — Americans cut back on credit card use for 4th month but boost auto and student loans. SENT: 350 words, photo.

— OSHA-SAFETY REPORTS — OSHA wants to make workplace safety reports public in major change to reporting rules. SENT: 780 words.

— SUPER BOWL 2014-GETTING STARTED — If you can play it here, you can play it anywhere: NFL, NY, NJ prepare for big game, big stage. SENT: 1,500 words, photos. First in a 13-week series on the New York-New Jersey Super Bowl.

— PEOPLE-BILLY GRAHAM — Party in NC to mark evangelist Billy Graham's 95th birthday; hundreds expected to attend. SENT: 200 words, photo. UPCOMING: Update after event begins at 6:30 p.m., photos.

— PALIN-CUSTODY CASE — Levi Johnston files petition for custody of child he shares with Bristol Palin. SENT: 130 words.

TOP STORIES

FDA-TRANS FATS

WASHINGTON — Heart-clogging trans fats were once a staple of the American diet, plentiful in baked goods, microwave popcorn and fried foods. Now, mindful of the health risks, the Food and Drug Administration is getting rid of them for good. By Mary Clare Jalonick. SENT: 850 words, photo, video, interactive.

— TRANS FAT-TASTE — What will food without trans fats taste like? You already know. Most food manufacturers and restaurants started the eviction process years ago. SENT: 500 words, photo.

— TRANS FAT-GLANCE — A look at different types as FDA moves to ban trans fats. SENT: 300 words.

TWITTER-IPO

NEW YORK — Shares of Twitter go on sale to the public for the first time, instantly leaping more than 70 percent above their offering price in a dazzling debut that exceeded even Wall Street's lofty hopes. By the closing bell, the social network that reinvented global communication in 140-character bursts is valued at $31 billion — nearly as much as Yahoo, an Internet icon from another era, and just below Kraft Foods, the grocery conglomerate founded more than a century ago. By Barbara Ortutay. SENT: 900 words with photos, video.

IRAN-NUCLEAR TALKS

GENEVA — Iran's chief nuclear negotiator signals progress at talks with six powers on a deal to cap some of his country's atomic programs in exchange for limited relief from sanctions stifling Iran's economy, saying the six had accepted Tehran's proposals on how to proceed. In a further sign of diplomatic movement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is joining the talks, sources tell the AP. By George Jahn. SENT: 800 words, photos.

PHILIPPINES-TYPHOON

MANILA, Philippines — The world's strongest typhoon of the year slams into the Philippines after thousands in the storm's path flee. It was poised to be the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded at landfall and damage could be catastrophic, a weather expert says. By Jim Gomez. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7:30 p.m.; regular updates as the storm develops.

GAY RIGHTS-SENATE

WASHINGTON — Reflecting Americans' increasing acceptance of homosexuality, the Senate passes legislation barring discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pressuring the House to act, but that's highly unlikely since Republican Speaker John Boehner is against it. By Donna Cassata. SENT: 940 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-TALIBAN

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan — The ruthless commander behind the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as well as a series of bombings and beheadings is chosen as the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban. The militants rule out peace talks with the government, accusing Pakistan of working with the U.S. to kill their former chief in a drone strike last week. By Ishtiaq Mahsud and Sebastian Abbot. SENT: 630 words, photos, audio.

ARAFAT'S DEATH

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Yasser Arafat's mysterious death in 2004 turns into a whodunit after Swiss scientists say the Palestinian leader was probably poisoned with radioactive polonium. Yet proof remains elusive, and nine years on, finding those who might have slipped minuscule amounts of the substance into Arafat's food or drink could prove impossible. Israel denies any involvement. By Mohammed Daraghmeh and John Heilprin. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— POLONIUM Q&A — Questions and answers on polonium. SENT: 710 words, photo.

INTERNATIONAL

KENYA-RAPE CASE

TINGOLO, Kenya — A wave of outrage has grown in Kenya since word spread that after a 16-year-old girl was gang-raped and thrown into a pit latrine, her alleged attackers were told to cut the grass at a police post and then freed. Nearly 1.4 million people have signed an online petition calling for prosecution of the attackers and an investigation of the police. By Josphat Kasire and Jason Straziuso. SENT: 630 words, photos.

CANADA-TORONTO-MAYOR

TORONTO — A new video surfaces showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a rambling rage, using threatening words including "kill" and "murder," as the saga that has gripped Canadians for months takes yet another twist. The mayor tells reporters moments after the video was posted online that he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in it and "embarrassed" by it. By Rob Gillies. SENT: 980 words, photos.

GERMANY-ART FOUND

BERLIN — U.S. documents detailing the transfer of paintings, sculptures and drawings to a German art dealer after World War II deepen the mystery surrounding more than 1,400 works found in his son's apartment, as museums, collectors and others demand a full list of the material to determine how much was stolen by the Nazis. By Kirsten Grieshaber. SENT: 850 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS-SILVER LINING

WASHINGTON — Insurance cancellations are fueling a political backlash against President Barack Obama and Democrats who supported his health care overhaul, but they may also be an economic silver lining for the health law itself. By shifting people who are currently insured into the new health care markets, it would reduce risks, bringing in customers already known to insurers. That's painful for those who end up paying higher premiums, but taxpayers could come out ahead. By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar. SENT: 730 words, photos.

TOUR BUS SAFETY

WASHINGTON — Federal accident investigators call for a probe of the government agency charged with ensuring the safety of commercial vehicles, saying their own look into four deadly tour-bus and truck crashes raises "serious questions" about how well the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is doing its job. SENT: 980 words, photos.

ELECTION-GOVERNMENT'S ROLE

DENVER — From the libertarian west to the liberal northeast, Americans struck a moderate chord in a smattering of elections this week, signaling a willingness to accept government playing a role in their lives, as long as it's not too dominant. While there were too few races to signal a national trend, the results do suggest that at least parts of the electorate are seeking middle ground and rejecting extremes. By Bill Barrow and Kristen Wyatt. UPCOMING: 850 words by 4 p.m., photos.

NATIONAL

NATION'S REPORT CARD

WASHINGTON — Improvements in student performance in math and reading are coming slowly, with the vast majority of fourth and eighth graders still lacking basic skills in the two subjects. By Education Writer Kimberly Hefling. SENT: 900 words, photos, graphic.

— NATION'S REPORT CARD-GLANCE — Average 4th and 8th grade math and reading scores by state for 2011, 2013. SENT: 740 words.

LESBIAN-CUSTODY-BATTLE

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court rules that a woman who donated an egg to her lesbian partner has parental rights to the child. The court orders a lower court to determine custody and visitation rights. By Brendan Farrington. SENT: 550 words.

BUSINESS

ECONOMY-GDP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy showed surprising growth from July through September just before the government's shutdown. But much of the gain came from a buildup in company stockpiles. By contrast, consumers and businesses slowed their spending — a cautionary sign. Analysts say the economy isn't showing enough strength to cause the Federal Reserve to reduce its stimulus any time soon. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 750 words, photo.

EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK

FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank startles investors with a surprise cut in its benchmark interest rate aimed at boosting a hesitant recovery in the 17 countries that use the euro. The bank lowered the benchmark refinancing rate to a record low 0.25 percent from 0.5 percent. By David McHugh. SENT: 680 words, photos.

ENTERTAINMENT

THE ARMSTRONG LIE

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — When Alex Gibney set out to make a movie about cyclist Lance Armstrong's 2009 Tour de France comeback, the documentarian admits he bought into the hype: The man who'd cheated death was coming back to reign supreme — and clean. But things changed and what had been titled "The Road Back" became "The Armstrong Lie." By Film Writer Jessica Herndon. SENT: 880 words, photos.

SPORTS

SOCHI-TORCH IN SPACE

MOSCOW — Wondering about the whereabouts of the Olympic torch? Look up in the sky. It soared into the cosmos and docked Thursday at the International Space Station. The torch — unlit for safety reasons — is due for a stroll in space Saturday with a return to Earth on Monday. By Laura Mills. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ALSO GETTING ATTENTION

— IRS-IDENTITY THEFT — The Internal Revenue Service issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax returns last year to people using stolen identities, according to a new Treasury report. SENT: 760 words.

— ROCKEFELLER CENTER TREE — An 80-foot Norway spruce found in Connecticut is chosen as the Christmas tree for New York City's Rockefeller Center holiday display. SENT: 130 words, photos.

— JASON CARTER-GOVERNOR — Jason Carter, a state legislator from Atlanta and the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, says he plans to run for Georgia governor. SENT: 760 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words by 6:30 p.m.

— CUBA-HOMESICK HIJACKER — A man who returned to the U.S. from Cuba almost 30 years after hijacking an airliner to Havana makes his first appearance in Miami federal court. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— STUN GUN-FIRE — The family of a 3-year-old killed in a northern Missouri house fire says it is outraged after police used a stun gun on the boy's stepfather as he tried to run back in and save the child. SENT: 400 words, photos.

— CONGO-FIGHTING — The top commander of Congo's M23 rebel movement and about 1,700 of his fighters surrender to Ugandan authorities after being defeated by Congolese troops. SENT: 800 words, photos.

— SYRIA — Russia says Syria's main Western-backed opposition group is considering informal meetings with Syrian government representatives in Moscow on establishing safe passage for humanitarian aid. SENT: 650 words, photos.

— EGYPT — Ousted President Mohammed Morsi's wife visits him in prison in first meeting since coup four months ago. SENT: 500 words, photos.

— TV-KIMMEL'S PRANK — Jimmy Kimmel's prank makes for tearful post-Halloween in many homes. SENT: 450 words, photo.

— ALEC BALDWIN-STALKING CASE — Charged with stalking Alec Baldwin, Canadian actress goes on trial in NYC. SENT: 560 words.

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