, Port Arthur, Texas

November 2, 2012

10 Things to Know for Friday

Associated Press

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

Both Romney and Obama vie for the mantle as they make their closing arguments in an unpredictably close race for the White House.

Several reports show a brightening view with cheaper gas, rising home prices and lower unemployment, giving consumers the confidence to spend more.

City residents grapple with traffic, bus lines and shortages, prompting one to exclaim “I’m tired of it, big-time.”

Police find the bodies of the children, ages 2 and 4, who were separated from their frantic mother in Staten Island at the height of Superstorm Sandy by the rising water.

Agency officers say they responded to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in less than 25 minutes and were never told to delay or stand down.

Speculation abounds that the Russian president injured himself during a publicity stunt when he used a motorized hang-glider to fly with cranes, though his office denies it.

Assaults on military checkpoints in the north and other attacks result in the deaths of 78 regime soldiers

A suburban Chicago woman tells investigators she killed her 7-year-old son and a 5-year-old girl because she was angry that her husband, a trucker, was often away, prosecutors say.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the Sunday run won’t divert resources from storm victims as he defends the decision not to cancel the event.

Blake Shelton, “The Voice” star, wins entertainer of the year at the Country Music Association Awards.