Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 --- 7:50 a.m.
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.
1. UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Egypt's new President Morsi debuts at UN
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- World leaders will be watching closely today when Egypt's new President Mohammed Morsi delivers his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly.
They'll be looking for clues about Morsi's democratic intentions and his plans for lifting Egypt out of crippling poverty. Morsi is an Islamist and key figure in the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
2. WORLD MARKETS
Stocks lower today
LONDON (AP) -- Stocks around the world are sharply lower today, amid growing concerns over the global economy and renewed worries over Europe's debt problems.
Investors in Europe and Asia are jittery a day after U.S. stocks suffered their biggest retreat in three months.
3. AP POLL-HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL
AP-GfK Poll: Most see health law being implemented
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new poll suggests that 70 percent of Americans think President Barack Obama's health care law will go fully into effect with some changes, ranging from minor to major alterations.
Just 12 percent of those who answered the Associated Press-GfK poll say they expect the Affordable Care Act to be repealed completely.
4. PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN-ECONOMY
Economic trend lines, for now, favoring Obama
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Trackers of economic trend lines say September may be remembered as a pivotal month when political and economic attitudes began to gel for President Barack Obama, if those trends continue.
The up-and-down swings of the past year are beginning to level off and move slowly in a positive direction.
Obama and Republican opponent Mitt Romney campaign in Ohio today. Romney will try to differentiate himself on middle class economic issues.
5. EARLY VOTING-IOWA
Campaigns pick Iowa poll sites for favored voters
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Both presidential campaigns are trying to score partisan advantage by using an unusual Iowa law that gives their supporters a major say in determining where ballots can be cast before the election.
Iowa's law allows anyone who gets the signatures of 100 county voters to choose a specific voting place in that county.
Before early voting begins Thursday, volunteers for both campaigns turned in a batch of petitions last week calling for voting at locations most convenient to their voters.
For instance, President Barack Obama's campaign and Democrats are petitioning for sites on college campuses, in Latino neighborhoods and in African-American pockets of larger cities.
Republicans are seeking sites at evangelical churches on the outskirts of Des Moines and in conservative areas such as Sioux County.
6. NEVER-ENDING ELECTION
New ID laws could delay outcome of close election
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The presidential election is Nov. 6, but it could take days to determine the winner if the vote is close, thanks to new voting laws that will probably increase the number of people who have to cast provisional ballots in key states.
Tight races for Congress, governor and local offices also could be stuck in limbo while election officials scrutinize ballots.
Voters cast provisional ballots for a variety of reasons: They don't bring proper ID to the polls; they fail to update their voter registration after moving; they try to vote at the wrong precinct; or someone challenges their right to vote.
These voters may have their votes counted, but only if election officials verify that they were eligible to vote, a process that can take days or weeks.
7. GREECE-FINANCIAL CRISIS
UPDATE: Greek protest turns violent during general strike
Police are clashing with protesters who hurled petrol bombs and bottles in central Athens after mass anti-government rally turned violent.
Riot police used tear gas and pepper spray against scores of demonstrators after the violence broke out near parliament.
About 50,000 people joined the union-organized march in central Athens on Wednesday, held during a general strike against new austerity measures planned in the crisis-hit country.
The strike closed schools and disrupted flights and most services.
NATO: 2 service members killed in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- NATO says two service members with the international military coalition in Afghanistan have been killed in an insurgent attack.
The alliance says the two died when they were attacked by militants in the volatile east today, but gave no other details.
The nationalities of the soldiers killed were not disclosed.
So far this year, 285 NATO service members have been killed in Afghanistan.
9. ST MAARTEN-US-TOURISTS KILLED
Suspect in St. Maarten murders to appear in court
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) -- An arraignment is set for today in a St. Maarten court for a man accused of killing a South Carolina couple in their Dutch Caribbean vacation home.
Michael and Thelma King were found stabbed to death in their beachfront condo on Friday. Thelma King was found tied to a chair and her husband was lying on the floor. They were both in their 50s.
Twenty-eight-year-old Meyshane K. Johnson of Jamaica is being held in the couple's murder. He denies any involvement. Johnson works as a security guard in St. Maarten.
Friends say the Kings, who were from Mount Pleasant, S.C., had owned several homes. A business partner says he and Michael King were building a rum factory together in St. Maarten.
Local friends as well as family held a memorial for the couple Tuesday.
10. FRACKING-GROUNDWATER POLLUTION
New test results due from Wyoming fracking zone
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey plans to release new test results from a Wyoming gas field where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has linked hydraulic fracturing to groundwater contamination.
The data to be released today comes from samples taken in April near Pavillion in central Wyoming. The EPA, Wyoming, USGS and two American Indian tribes collaborated on the sampling.
Fracking is the petroleum industry practice of pumping water, sand and chemicals underground to crack open fissures and boost the flow of oil and gas. Last year, the EPA tested samples from two wells specially drilled to check for contaminants and announced that fracking may have caused groundwater pollution.
Some residents requested the EPA testing, saying their well water turned foul after gas drilling picked up in their neighborhood several years ago.
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.