10 Things to Know for Friday


Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. HURRICANE MATTHEW MENACES FLORIDA: Some 2 million people are warned to flee inland to escape the most powerful storm to threaten the U.S. Atlantic coast in over a decade.

2. WHERE HURRICANE DEATH TOLL JUMPS SHARPLY: Haitian officials say at least 283 are dead as they finally begin to reach corners of the country that had been cut off by the rampaging storm.

3. WHAT U.S. PRESIDENTIAL TOWN HALL DEBATE WILL TEST: The Sunday showdown will require Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to demonstrate both stagecraft and substance.

4. SYRIA AFLAME ON SEVERAL FRONTS: Outside Aleppo, opposition forces are on the offensive in the country's center and are battling the Islamic State group in the northwest, while to the east government forces are weathering an IS siege.

5. WHERE LAWMAKERS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON HONOR KILLINGS: In Pakistan, where more than 1,000 women were killed last year, many by fathers, brothers or husbands. Legislators passed a law that stiffens the penalty for such killers and closed a loophole that often allowed them to go free.

6. WHO TOPS NOBEL PEACE BETS: Bookies are putting their money on this year's prize going to Greek islanders who have opened their homes to hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Other favorites include Syria's White Helmets rescue group and Pope Francis.

7. U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL FORMALLY NOMINATES NEW CHIEF: Portugal's former prime minister Antonio Guterres, who was the top U.N. refugee official for a decade, says he faces "huge challenges" and hopes to see unity and consensus during his term.

8. COLOMBIA PEACE DEAL HINGES ON EX-PRESIDENT: Hardliner Alvaro Uribe fanned resentment of FARC rebels as he crisscrossed the country, trying to convince voters against appeasing "terrorists." The historic accord is now in limbo following its shock defeat in a national referendum.

9. BARELY HALF OF ILLEGAL US-MEXICO BORDER CROSSINGS CAUGHT: That's according to an internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security report obtained by The Associated Press, which offers one of the most sweeping, detailed assessments of border security ever. The capture rate is well below the figure that the government publishes using a different counting method.

10. STUDY SAYS APES THINK LIKE HUMANS: Scientists find that some of our primitive relatives can understand someone else's point of view even when they know that point of view is dead wrong.