10 Things to Know for Today Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TRUMP, CLINTON TRADE BARBS AS ROAST TURNS BITTER Many at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner turn on the Republican nominee midway through his remarks and shower him with jeers. 2. MILITANTS ATTACK POLICE COMPOUND IN NORTHERN IRAQ The assault in Kirkuk is claimed by the Islamic State group and likely aimed at diverting the authorities' attention for the battle to retake Mosul. 3. EGYPT'S FIGHT AGAINST ISLAMIC MILITANCY MAKES ENEMIES The decision to make fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective brings Cairo closer to the Syrian president, Russia and Iran, in turn antagonizing its traditional Arab allies like Saudi Arabia.
The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The Black Panthers emerged from this gritty Northern California city 50 years ago, declaring to a nation in turmoil a new party dedicated to defending African-Americans against police brutality and protecting the right of a downtrodden people to determine their own future. In the group's short life, it launched an ambitious breakfast program for children and opened free health clinics to screen for sickle-cell anemia. At the same time, party members scared mainstream America with their calls for revolution that were at odds with Martin Luther King Jr.'s insistence on peaceful protest. The Panthers eventually imploded, weakened by internal fighting and by a government effort to undermine the group.
South Africa's move to leave International Criminal Court raises concerns of African exodus JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa said Friday it will soon submit a bill in parliament to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, raising concerns of a possible African exodus from a human rights tribunal accused by some African leaders of unfairly targeting their continent. The South African announcement followed a similar decision by Burundi this week and was criticized by human rights groups that see the ICC as the best means of pursuing perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities. The departure of other African countries would severely undermine the court, whose treaty entered into force in 2002 after years of efforts by South Africa's post-apartheid government and others.
A 55-foot statue of a nude woman in the San Francisco Bay Area is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) - There have long been complaints about the lack of women in the tech industry. Now there's a towering female figure, in a tech park across the bay from San Francisco, although not quite what some people had in mind. A 55-foot tall statue of a nude woman unveiled this week in the working-class community of San Leandro is stirring controversy and a lot of conversation. At the base of the 13,000-pound statue is a message in 10 languages that says: "What would the world be like if women were safe?" The statue - roughly three times as tall as Michelangelo's David - is made of steel mesh in the form of a graceful dancer, with an arched back and arms stretched overhead.
In North Carolina, voters whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Matthew face challenges as they look to cast ballots As Keith and Felicia Scott looked at the ruins of their flooded-out house in North Carolina, the mold growing up the walls and the loose floorboards lying waterlogged at their feet, the presidential election was about the furthest thing from their minds. "I know it's something we need to focus on, but it's kind of hard to focus on that when you've got all this going on," said Keith Scott, a 49-year-old state prison employee who lives outside Lumberton, one of the areas inundated by Hurricane Matthew nearly two weeks ago. "Right now, you've got to find a place to live."
Will Benny the Bull make the cut SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Do you prefer Chicago's Benny the Bull or Boston's Wally the Green Monster? The deviousness of Arizona State's Sparky the Sun Devil or the goofiness of South Carolina's Cocky? Or maybe you're more traditional, and like Penn State's Nittany Lion. If you're offbeat, go for Stanford's Tree. Those are among the choices people could have when the Mascot Hall of Fame announces its ballot of six candidates for the hall at a groundbreaking ceremony Friday in northwestern Indiana. After more than a decade of existing only online, the mascots are getting a place to flock together somewhere other than sidelines, ESPN commercials or the Capital One Mascot Challenge.