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October 8, 2012

10 Things to Know for Monday

  • 1. ONE BIG FEAR WHEN NATO LEAVES AFGHANISTAN

The battle-scarred country could again fracture along ethnic lines and even erupt into civil war after 2014.

  • 2. THE STAGGERING PENSION COSTS LOOMING OVER U.S. STATES

They’ll need $1.4 trillion to fulfill current obligations, and only tax hikes or deep cuts can begin to fill the hole.

  • 3. THE POPE’S MISSION TO BRING CATHOLICS BACK TO THE FOLD

Benedict XVI urges the world’s bishops to seek out those who have left, to re-evangelize parts of the globe.

  • 4. HOW DOLLARS LIMIT THE DAMAGE OF IRAN’S CURRENCY COLLAPSE

The rial’s stunning free fall is unlikely to pose an immediate threat to the centers of Tehran’s power still flush from oil sales.

  • 5. PRIVATE ROCKET HEADS TO SPACE STATION

California-based SpaceX launches its unmanned Falcon rocket containing a capsule holding 1,000 pounds of cargo, including chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream for the space station crew.

  • 6. PYONGYANG IS A WORLD OF FUN COMPARED TO THE REST OF NORTH KOREA

Electricity to spare, government jobs and fancy restaurants for those with a bit of money. Elsewhere, power comes on for just a few hours, shelves are half-empty and side streets resemble dirt paths.

  • 7. WHAT’S AHEAD FOR JERRY SANDUSKY

The convicted sex abuser, to be sentenced Tuesday, probably will be able to work a 30-hour week to make a few dollars in the prison where he’ll likely live out his days.

  • 8. WHY GREETING CARDS ARE SAYING GOODBYE

With Americans more likely to receive birthday wishes in a text or on Facebook, Hallmark is shuttering a main factory.

  • 9.  A SINGLE GRADING STANDARD FOR MAPLE SYRUP COULD BE A SLIPPERY SLOPE

Vermont is considering joining with other states and Canadian provinces, triggering fears the state’s brand won’t  stand out.

  • 10. ‘TAKEN 2’ TWICE AS POPULAR AS THE ORIGINAL

Critics may not like Liam Neeson’s action sequel. But the movie led the U.S. weekend box office with $50 million, boosting sagging Hollywood revenues.

 

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