10 Things to Know Today

Associated Press
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006 file photo, Vladimir Putin, Russian President, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow's Kremlin. In a few days' worth of opportunistic diplomacy, Vladimir Putin has revived memories of an era many thought long gone, where the United States and Soviet Union jostled for influence in a Middle East torn between two powers. Whatever happens with its proposal to relieve Syria of chemical weapons, Russia reemerges as a player in the region _ and one who does not easily abandon allies. That's meaningful in a region where America's dumping of Hosni Mubarak has emerged as a seminal moment _ and it may resonate with Iran, whose leaders are carefully watching the global chessboard as the clock ticks toward another showdown, over their nuclear program.(AP photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. KERRY, LAVROV DELVING INTO DETAILS OF SYRIA PLAN

The secretary of state arrives Geneva to work with his Russian counterpart on the proposal to confiscate and destroy the Assad regime's chemical weapons.

2. REPLACING ASSAD NO SIMPLE TASK

The lack of attractive alternatives to the dictator is one of the key dilemmas for the West as it tries to deal with Syria's civil war.

3. NATION PAUSES IN TRIBUTE TO 9/11 VICTIMS

On the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks, time stands still at the World Trade Center site, near the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., where Flight 93 mourners laid a wreath.

4. LATEST SIGN OF DEMISE OF SNAIL MAIL

The British government is selling off the country's 500-year-old Royal Mail this fall.

5. WHAT'S WORRYING POLLSTERS

People don't trust polls, and many say they are unlikely to want to participate in them, a survey shows.

6. IT'S MORE THAN TESTOSTERONE

Research shows a lack of estrogen — the female hormone — may cause men as they age to gain weight and lose their sex drive.

7. WHERE MOLASSES IS OOZING INTO THE SEA

A broken pipe allows more than 230,000 gallons of the syrupy brown sugar to leak into Honolulu harbor. Thousands of fish are expected to die.

8. CHAINED TO A DESK NO LONGER

Putting fitness first, more U.S. office workers are standing, walking and even cycling their way through the day at treadmill desks, standup desks or other moving work stations.

9. WHICH GIZMOS MIGHT MAKE GREAT GIFTS

The AP's Nick Jesdanun says brightly colored iPhones, video game players and smartwatches could be hot sellers this holiday season.

10. YANKEE STAR ON THE SHELF AGAIN

An injured left ankle will sideline New York shortstop Derek Jeter for the rest of the season.

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