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Top Stories: Afghan Attack; Campaign's Final Stretch; 'Carma-What?' In L.A.

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- Bombing Kills At Least 14 In Afghanistan, Including Three NATO Troops.

-- With First Debate This Week, We Really Are In Campaign's Final Stretch.

Other stories in the news:

-- "Payroll Tax Cut Is Unlikely To Survive Past Jan. 1 Deadline." ( The New York Times)

-- California Bans "Gay-Repair Therapy For Minors." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

-- Supreme Court Opens; Justices Prep "For Another Headline-Making Term." ( Morning Edition)

Nina Totenberg on new Supreme Court term

-- European Team Makes Dramatic Comeback, Retains Hold On Golf's Ryder Cup. ( Morning Edition)

Steve Inskeep and Tom Goldman discuss the Ryder Cup

-- "With No Contract, Minnesota Orchestra Locks Out Musicians." ( Minnesota Public Radio)

-- "Carma-What?" Los Angeles Gets Through "Carmageddon II" With Few Problems; Interstate Reopens After Bridge Destruction. ( Southern California Public Radio)

-- "Spain Expects A Wider Budget Gap." ( The Wall Street Journal)

-- "Russian Court Adjourns Punk Band Appeal Hearing." ( Reuters)

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