Posted Monday, October 8, 2012 --- 6:45 a.m.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
UPDATE: Romney to attack Obama on foreign policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says the U.S. should take a more assertive role in Syria, put conditions on aid to Egypt and tighten sanctions on Iran.
Romney plans to attack President Barack Obama's foreign policy when Romney addresses the Virginia Military Institute today.
The Obama campaign says Romney has been "an unmitigated disaster on foreign policy every time he sticks his toe in the foreign policy waters."
2. EARLY VOTING
UPDATE: Who's got the early vote?
The Romney campaign says President Barack Obama isn't going to have the same advantage among early voters as he did in the 2008 election.
Romney campaign political director Rich Beeson says this time in North Carolina, "Republicans have the lead" in early voting.
The United States Elections Project at George Mason University says in Florida, Republicans also favor Democrats right now. But Democrats do have a big lead in Iowa, as they did in the past two presidential elections.
Gurdon, Yamanaka win Nobel medicine prize
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- British researcher John Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan have won this year's Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology.
The prize committee at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute says the two researchers won the award "for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent."
The committee says the discovery have "revolutionized our understanding of how cells and organisms develop."
The medicine award was the first Nobel Prize to be announced this year. The physics award will be announced Tuesday, followed by chemistry on Wednesday, literature on Thursday and the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
The economics prize, which was not among the original awards, but was established by the Swedish central bank in 1968, will be announced on Oct. 15.
4. RED CROSS-AFGHANISTAN
Outgoing Red Cross head in Kabul has bleak outlook
GENEVA (AP) -- The outgoing head of the Red Cross delegation in Afghanistan says civilians are in greater danger with less hope for peace than when he arrived on his job seven years ago.
Reto Stocker says he's "filled with concern" as he leaves the job he's had since 2005 because suffering and hardship have increased among ordinary Afghans while their "hope for the future has been steadily declining."
Stocker says the proliferation of local armed groups has left civilians "caught between not just one but multiple front lines."
But he says the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross has made some progress by persuading warring parties to hear some its concerns about the war that began when the U.S. invaded on Oct. 7, 2001.
5. VENEZUELA ELECTION
Chavez wins re-election
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has won re-election and a new endorsement of his socialist project.
It's his closest race yet after a bitter campaign in which the opposition accused him of unfairly using Venezuela's oil wealth and his near total control of state institutions to his advantage.
6. SHOOTING OUTSIDE PRESCHOOL
Arraignment for widow of man slain near preschool
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) -- The widow of a Harvard-trained entrepreneur who was gunned down outside a suburban Atlanta preschool is set to appear in court.
Andrea Sneiderman faces scheduled arraignment this morning. She is accused by authorities of conspiring with her former boss, Hemy Neuman, to kill her husband, Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman. He was slain moments after dropping off the couple's son at the preschool in a wealthy Atlanta suburb in November 2010.
Neuman was found guilty but mentally ill at trial and then sentenced last March to life in prison. Days of testimony at that trial focused on whether Andrea Sneiderman was involved in an affair with Neuman and whether she knew details of her husband's death suspiciously early.
Andrea Sneiderman has repeatedly denied an affair and also denied knowing anything about the shooting.
Iran says it blocks cyberattacks on oil platforms
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian oil official says the country has successfully blocked a cyberattack on the computer network of its offshore drilling platforms.
The report by semiofficial ISNA news agency quotes Mohammad Reza Golshani, IT head of Iran's state offshore oil company, as blaming Israel for the attack.
He said the attack occurred over the past two weeks, was routed through China, and affected only the communications systems of the network. He did not provide further details.
Iran periodically reports attacks on government, nuclear, oil and industrial targets, blaming Israel and the United States. Israel has done little to deflect suspicion that it uses viruses against Iran.
Iran is odds with the West over its nuclear program. The West suspects the program is aimed at developing weapons, a charge Tehran denies.
YouTube takes original programming venture abroad
LONDON (AP) -- YouTube is taking its original programming venture to Europe, announcing a slew of new partnerships aimed at internationalizing its array of tailor-made videos with content from Britain's BBC, London-based FreemantleMedia, Netherland's Endemol, and dozens of others.
The Google Inc.-owned video site says it's launching more than 60 new video channels with content from Britain, Germany, France, and the United States.
The new programming will be in addition to the 100 channels of content launched in the United States last year. Like the pre-existing American offerings, the European channels will have a mix of celebrity-centered, niche, and established media programming.
9. NETHERLANDS-PERU-VAN DER SLOOT
NEW: Report: Imprisoned Dutch killer impregnates girl
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A Dutch newspaper says that Joran van der Sloot, who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, has impregnated a woman while imprisoned in Lima.
De Telegraaf newspaper cites Van der Sloot's lawyer Maximo Altes as saying the pregnancy is past its third month, and Van der Sloot himself as confirming the news in a telephone call. The woman, identified by the paper only as "Leidi," was said to have become pregnant during an unsupervised visit with Van der Sloot.
Van der Sloot was convicted for robbing and killing Stephany Flores in 2010. He is also wanted in the U.S. in connection with the disappearance of teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005. He could resist extradition if he obtains Peruvian nationality.
10. NY PARKWAY ACCIDENT
NEW: Police: 4 killed in one-car accident in NY
MALVERNE, N.Y. (AP) -- New York State Police say four people were killed in a one-car accident on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island.
They say the car was heading west when it veered into a wooded area, striking several trees.
Police say a fifth person was taken to a hospital, but information was available about the person's condition.
The accident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. today in Malverne.
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