Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:40 am
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
1. TROOPS BLAMED FOR HOSTAGE DEATHS
The terror group behind the Kenya attack says troops trying to end the siege used chemical weapons and carried out "a demolition" that buried 137 hostages in the rubble. The government denies the claims.
2. HOW IRAN'S PRESIDENT IS UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSOR
In a speech to the U.N., Rouhani acknowledges that the Holocaust happened - something Ahmadinejad could never bring himself to do.
3. GOP SENATOR FILIBUSTERS OBAMACARE
Texas' Ted Cruz vows to speak against the president's health care law until he's "no longer able to stand."
4. WHAT EX-POPE WROTE TO AN ATHEIST
Benedict, breaking his self-imposed silence to reply to a critic, denies covering up for sexually abusive priests.
5. HUNGER A GROWING PROBLEM IN SYRIA
With the world's attention focused on the regime's chemical weapons, relief organizations are warning of the risk of mass starvation across the country.
6. WHERE AN ADVENTURER IS SEEKING SUNKEN TREASURE
Undersea explorer Barry Clifford believes the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah off Cape Cod holds a mother lode of riches.
7. `GENIUS GRANTS' AWARDED
Among this year's recipients: A doctor who created a system to track patients in desperately poor Camden, N.J., and make sure they get the care they need after they leave the hospital.
8. `I FEEL SO MUCH SMARTER'
A 99-year-old Iowan who started school in a one-room school house, then left high school one credit shy of graduation in 1932, receives her diploma.
9. ASSESSED PRICE: $67,000. ASKING PRICE: $500,000
On the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album, Kurt Cobain's mother is putting his childhood home - complete with his mattress - up for sale.
10. AMERICAN SAILORS FORCE WINNER-TAKE-ALL FINALE
With the America's Cup competition tied 8-8, a win by the USA over New Zealand would cap what's being called one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.