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10 Things to Know for Today, Wednesday September 4

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

1. CLEVELAND KIDNAPPER COMMITS SUICIDE

Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, is found hanging in his prison cell. CLICK HERE

2. GOP'S BOEHNER BACKING SYRIA STRIKE

Now he'll try to persuade tea party Republicans and other skeptical House members to support Obama's plan for military action against the Assad regime. CLICK HERE

3. PUTIN: SHOW ME PROOF

He tells the AP and a state TV broadcaster that Russia would support a military strike if it receives convincing evidence that Syria employed chemical weapons. CLICK HERE

4. WHERE NATIONAL GUARD WON'T OFFER SAME-SEX BENEFITS

The commander of the Texas Guard, defying a Pentagon order, argues that the state Constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. CLICK HERE

5. NAACP, KKK COME FACE TO FACE

A meeting believed to be the first of its kind is held in Caspar, Wyo., to open a dialogue. CLICK HERE

6. GERALDO RIVERA STRIPPED FROM PANEL

Duquesne University says the half-naked cellphone picture the TV personality posted on Twitter is not in line with the school's values. CLICK HERE

7. HOW HOTELS ARE CHANGING

Long treated as dead spaces, lobbies are being transformed into places to work, surf the Web or meet friends for a drink. CLICK HERE

8. SAMSUNG'S SUPERSIZED 'MEGA'

The new device is so big it shouldn't even be called a phone — except for the fact that it makes phone calls, reports the AP's Anick Jesdanun. CLICK HERE

9. WHO'S RETURNING TO 'AMERICAN IDOL'

After a year off, Jennifer Lopez will be back behind the judges' table along with Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban. CLICK HERE

10. SERENA TWO WINS FROM US OPEN CROWN

She advances to the semis with a crushing 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro. CLICK HERE

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