By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times CDT):
1. Obama sends message from Afghanistan
President assures American voters fed up with war that U.S. combat forces are leaving.
2. Attack kills seven in Afghan capital just hours after the president departs
Taliban claims responsibility for assault in capital by suicide car bomber and militants disguised in burqas.
3. American official: Blind Chinese activist did not ask for asylum in U.S.
Chen Guangcheng, who sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy, is staying in China after receiving assurances that he will be treated as a normal citizen.
4. Immigration reform movement fizzling in U.S.
Smaller, splintered protests come at a time when activists say the threat to illegal immigrants is stronger than ever.
5. Anti-corporate motive in Cleveland bridge plot
FBI says five men plotted to destroy a bridge in an attack on “corporate bigwigs.”
6. Charges in hazing death at Florida A&M
Prosecutors to announce charges at 1 p.m. against five people in the death of a drum major aboard a band bus last fall.
7. Gingrich’s goodbye
A formal announcement that he is suspending his campaign, coupled with an endorsement of Romney, is set for 2 p.m. in Virginia.
8. Pettitte vs. Clemens, this time in court
Baseball’s Andy Pettitte returns to the stand at 8 a.m. in Roger Clemens’ perjury trial. Pettitte testified that Clemens mentioned he had taken human growth hormone.
9. Trailing in the polls, Nicolas Sarkozy debates his challenger
French president faces off against Socialist Francois Hollande ahead of Sunday’s presidential runoff.
10. “The Scream” is for sale
Edvard Munch’s iconic painting of a man holding his head and screaming could fetch $80 million when it is auctioned tonight in New York.
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