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Posted: Oct 21, 2012 3:30 AM

Updated: Oct 21, 2012 3:30 AM

Editors:

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

POLITICS

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

WASHINGTON One day out from their final presidential debate, Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama take a rare breaking from the campaign trail to study up on foreign policy.

INTERNATIONAL

VATICAN-SAINTS

VATICAN CITY Pope Benedict XVI adds seven more saints onto the roster of Catholic role models as he tries to rekindle the faith in places where it's lagging. Two are Americans: Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American saint from the U.S. and Mother Marianne Cope, a 19th century Franciscan nun who cared for lepers in Hawaii.

LEBANON

BEIRUT Lebanese security forces are setting up road blocks and cordoning off Beirut's central Martyrs' Square ahead of a public funeral for a top intelligence official who was assassinated in a massive car bombing.

SYRIA

AMMAN, Jordan An explosion hits the Old City of Damascus, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens of other civilians, Syrian activists say. It came as President Bashar Assad discussed the civil war in his country with visiting U.N. peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

PALESTINIANS-ELECTIONS

RAMALLAH, West Bank Election officials release unofficial results for balloting in the West Bank showing that voters rebuffed candidates from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement in five of the 11 main communities.

NATIONAL

FAMILY ATTACKED

INGLEWOOD, Calif. Authorities are searching for a masked gunman who police say set fire to his backyard bungalow before shooting five members of a Southern California family, killing a father and his 4-year-old son.

ENTERTAINMENT

BRITAIN-SUBO'S SUCCESS

LONDON She dreamed a dream, and it came true. Success has not soured for unlikely singing sensation Susan Boyle, but reality proves more complex than fairy tale image.

Sports Coverage: Baseball playoffs, NFL, auto racing, golf tennis and figure skating.

Guest lineup for the Sunday TV news shows:

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ABC's "This Week." Topic: Politics. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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NBC's "Meet the Press." Topic: Politics. Rubio; David Axelrod, adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

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CBS' "Face the Nation." Topic: Politics. Rubio; Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for the Obama campaign; Kevin Madden, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

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CNN's "State of the Union." Topic: Politics. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Donna Edwards, D-Md.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M.; Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.; former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va.

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"Fox News Sunday." Topic: Politics. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

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