10 Things to Know for Wednesday

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 5 at 1:30 AM

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

1. DEMOCRATS KICK OFF THEIR CONVENTION

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, the keynote speaker, says Romney "quite simply doesn't get it" and the nation is making progress "despite incredible odds."

2. WHY OBAMA CHOSE CLINTON FOR NOMINATION SPEECH

Both benefit, AP's Beth Fouhy explains: The president gets validation from a highly popular Democrat and the ex-president returns to center stage.

3. THE NATIONAL DEBT: OVER $16 TRILLION

That's the word from the Treasury Department, and it means another round of trying to raise the government's borrowing cap.

4. BOOK DETAILS KOMEN-PLANNED PARENTHOOD RIFT

Former Komen VP blasts both sides in the firestorm over grants the cancer charity tried to halt.

5. HOW USUALLY UNFLOODED AREAS GOT SO SOCKED BY ISAAC

New study will investigate whether measures to protect New Orleans ended up hurting outlying neighborhoods.

6. WHAT U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL WANTS FOR SYRIA

Ban Ki-Moon is urging donors to come to the aid of suffering civilians.

7. TRANSGENDER INMATE GETS OK FOR SEX-REASSIGNMENT SURGERY

Prison says it's a security concern; judge says that argument boils down to "a fear of controversy, criticism, ridicule and scorn."

8. WHERE A TEEN WITH DOWN SYNDROME WASN'T ALLOWED

American Airlines says he "was not ready to fly," but his family calls it discrimination.

9. MCDONALD'S, WITHOUT THE BEEF

The fast food chain synonymous with hamburgers plans to open vegetarian-only restaurants in India.

10. THAT SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR: SHINY GADGETS GALORE

Nokia, Motorola, Amazon likely to show off new devices this week before Apple gets its turn.

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