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10 Things to Know for Thursday

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 7:03 p.m. MDT

FILE - This March 21, 2009 file photo shows Lance Armstrong, of the United States, beside fellow countryman George Hincapie, left, during the Milan-San Remo cycling classic in San Remo, Italy. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing FILE - This March 21, 2009 file photo shows Lance Armstrong, of the United States, beside fellow countryman George Hincapie, left, during the Milan-San Remo cycling classic in San Remo, Italy. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 11 of Lance Armstrong's former teammates testified against him in its investigation of the cyclist, revealing "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." (Alessandro Trovati, Associated Press)

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

1. VP CANDIDATES TAKE CENTER STAGE

Untested debater Ryan has been studying up on Biden, who has been sparring over public policy for years.

2. REPUBLICANS CONFRONT STATE DEPARTMENT ABOUT LIBYA SECURITY

GOP lawmakers aren't buying the explanation that protection was fine, but overwhelmed by the unprecedented Benghazi assault.

3. TURKEY INTERCEPTS SYRIAN PLANE AS TENSIONS MOUNT

The jet was forced to land at Ankara airport, and cargo was confiscated.

4. WHO CLAIMS TO HAVE THE DOPE ON LANCE ARMSTRONG

A report shows that 11 former teammates helped build the case against the dethroned Tour de France king.

5. WHY MORE ANTARCTIC ICE MAY BE SIGN OF GLOBAL WARMING

Experts say shifts in wind patterns and a giant ozone hole — both related to human activity — are probably the cause.

Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, under secretary for management at the State Department, answers questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other Americans. From left are, Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomat Security, Eric Nordstrom, a regional security officer with the State Department, and Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who was the top security official at the consulate in Libya.   (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press) Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, under secretary for management at the State Department, answers questions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing investigating the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and other Americans. From left are, Ambassador Patrick Kennedy, Charlene Lamb, deputy assistant secretary for international programs at the State Department's Bureau of Diplomat Security, Eric Nordstrom, a regional security officer with the State Department, and Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, a Utah National Guard Army Green Beret who was the top security official at the consulate in Libya. (J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press)

6. NEW DETAILS ABOUT FIRM SUSPECTED IN MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

The Massachusetts compounding pharmacy settled a lawsuit alleging it produced a tainted shot that caused a man's death.

7. WHAT IRAN'S SPY AGENCY SAYS ABOUT THE U.S.

The Intelligence Ministry's website appeals for tips and mocks American's rising obesity rates, large prison population and school shootings.

8. NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO RECOUNT CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS

An exhibit opening Friday features once-secret recordings of JFK's deliberations on the brink of nuclear war 50 years ago.

9. HOW SCIENCE CAN MAKE US HAPPY

A study in a prestigious medical journal ties chocolate consumption to the number of Nobel winners a country has — and suggests it's a sign the treat can boost brain power.

10. MAYBE GET MARRIED, MAYBE BUY A LOTTERY TICKET

Or maybe just set your alarm clock for 07:08:09 on 10-11-12. "But there is no cosmic significance," one expert says of Thursday's date.

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