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10 things to know, Thursday, Oct. 11


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

1. Michael charges into Southeast after slamming Florida

As the tropical storm continues to weaken it is still menacing the flood-weary Southeast with heavy rains, blustery winds and possible spinoff tornadoes.

2. Sense of impunity emboldens autocrats to get rid of enemies

Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, and in the case of a missing Saudi journalist, even ones that flee abroad to escape their grasp, but now others wonder: Will the world have their back?

3. Why Trump is hesitant to act on Saudi writer

The president is expressing reservations over calls to withhold further U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia, warning that such a move “would be hurting us.”

4. Toxic metal found in chain stores’ jewelry

New testing shows jewelry loaded with cancer-causing cadmium is being sold by national retailers including Ross, Nordstrom Rack and Papaya, AP learns.

5. What is causing market downturn

High-flying tech stocks like Apple, Amazon and Google are in the crosshairs as investors fret about the possible impact of a recent surge in interest rates.

6. U.S., Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing

The launch in Kazakhstan failed after a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station experienced an emergency shutdown.

7. Cuba undergoing rare introspection

In a country with no opinion polls, campaigns or independent mass media, a series of meetings on reforming Cuba's constitution spawns an unusual debate on the island's political system and values.

8. Weinstein back in court

A judge in New York is weighing the disgraced movie mogul's bid to have some or all of his sexual assault case thrown out.

9. Indonesia’s grim search for disaster nears dead end

The search for bodies in neighborhoods annihilated by an earthquake and tsunami is ending two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city of Palu.

10. Who is feeling pressure from Amazon pay hike

Small business owners may feel compelled to raise wages, even those who aren't directly competing with the online retailing giant.

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