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Posted: Oct 14, 2012 3:35 AM

Updated: Oct 14, 2012 3:35 AM


Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, news producer Richard Somma can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Mike Musielski (ext. 1900). Times in EDT.



WILLIAMSBURG, Va. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are each forgoing time on the campaign trail in favor of hours of intense debate preparation ahead of their next face-to-face meeting. Obma, seeking to rebound from a widely panned performance at the first debate, was huddling with advisers at a sprawling riverfront resort in Williamsburg, Va. Romney retreated to his Boston-area home, where the Republican nominee was working to replicate his commanding turn on the debate stage. By Julie Pace.



LOS ANGELES In thousands of Earth orbits, the space shuttle Endeavour traveled 123 million miles. But the last few miles of its final journey are proving hard to get through. Endeavour's 12-mile crawl across Los Angeles to the California Science Museum hit repeated delays, leaving expectant crowds along city streets and at the destination slowly dwindling. Officials estimated the shuttle, originally expected to finish the trip early Saturday evening, would not arrive until 6 a.m. PDT or later Sunday. By Alicia Chang.

AP photos, video.


ROSWELL, N.M. Extreme athlete and record-setting high-altitude jumper Felix Baumgartner hopes no more last-minute cancellations will thwart his death-defying attempt to be the first skydiver in history to break the sound barrier. The former Austrian paratrooper's team set Sunday as the new date for the jump. As of Saturday, the weather forecast seemed favorable for the 30 million cubic foot helium balloon to hoist the 3000-pound capsule that will carry jumper 23 miles up in the sky. By Juan Carlos LLorca.

AP photos.


DOVER, N.H. An actor and martial arts instructor is charged in the death of a 19-year-old University of New Hampshire student who disappeared last week, and the family of the girl is pleading for her to be brought home. Law enforcement officials believe Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott is dead. The search for her body is continuing. Seth Mazzaglia, 29, has been charged with second-degree murder. He's scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

AP photos.

NAVY SUB COLLISION Navy submarine, Aegis cruiser collide during routine operations; no injuries, damage unclear.



SANTIAGO, Chile An Uruguayan rugby team plays a match that was postponed for four decades when their plane crashed in the Andes, stranding them for 72 days in the cordillera and forcing them to eat human flesh to stay alive. The Old Christians Club squared off Saturday in Santiago against the Old Grangonian Club, the former Chilean rugby team they were to have played to mark the 40th anniversary of the crash made internationally famous by a best-selling book and a Hollywood movie. By Luis Andres Henao.

AP photos.

PAKISTAN UAE to send air ambulance for girl shot by the Taliban in case doctors decide to send her abroad.



Chairman Ben Bernanke is rejecting arguments that the Federal Reserve's bold moves to bolster U.S. job growth could have unwanted consequences in emerging market countries. In a speech Sunday, Bernanke disagreed with criticism that the Fed's efforts to drive U.S. interest rates lower could result in higher inflation in emerging markets or trigger a destabilizing flood of investment money into those nations. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger.



NEW YORK The Detroit Tigers took the lead on Delmon Young's ringing double in the 12th inning. Then came the blow that really staggered the New York Yankees. A little grounder up the middle left Derek Jeter sprawled in the dirt, screaming in pain. The Yankees had lost more than the AL championship series opener they had lost their captain for the rest of the postseason with a broken left ankle. Detroit's 6-4 win and Jeter's injury capped a game of wild swings and wild swings of emotion. By Sports Writer Ronald Blum.

AP photos.

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:


NBC's "Meet the Press" Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Va.; Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed; former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, D-Mich.


CBS' "Face the Nation" Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.


CNN's "State of the Union" Robert Gibbs, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Ed Gillespie, adviser to Mitt Romney's campaign; Al Cardenas, former Florida Republican Party chairman.


"Fox News Sunday" Gillespie; David Axelrod, adviser to the Obama campaign.

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