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Top Stories: France On Alert; Romney, Obama Spar; Housing Starts Rise

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- France On Alert, Closing Embassies, After Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons.

-- Housing Starts Rose Again In August, Pace Remains Well Above Previous Years.

-- Shuttle Endeavour Is On Its Way To California.

-- 18 Innings Are A Lot, But Orioles-Mariners Game Is No Record-Breaker.

Other stories in the news:

-- Romney: "Opportunities Have Been In Short Supply." ( USA Today)

-- Obama: "You've Got To Work For Everybody, Not Just For Some." ( Reuters)

-- In Chicago, Teachers' Strike Ends And "Union Declares Victory." ( WBEZ)

-- Senior Administration Official: Obama To Meet With Myanmar's Suu Kyi. ( The Associated Press)

-- Defected General Tells Times Of London That Syria's Assad Would Transfer Chemical Weapons To Hezbollah. ( Al-Arabiya)

-- Danish Magazine Plans To Publish Topless Kate Photos. ( BBC News)

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