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10 for today: Monday, Oct. 28

10 for today: Monday, Oct. 28

RIP LOU REED; The indie rock legend passed away on Sunday, Oct. 27. Photo: Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. NSA ACCUSED OF MONITORING PHONES IN SPAIN

A newspaper says the U.S. spying agency collected data on 60 million calls in a month.

2. NEW YORK’S GRITTY ROCK POET DIES AT 71

Lou Reed, who died of a liver ailment, was the father of indie rock who influenced generations of musicians from David Bowie and R.E.M. to Talking Heads and Sonic Youth.

3. HOW SANDY WENT FROM ‘BORING’ TO BEAST

The Superstorm, which hit the Northeast a year ago this week, caused so much havoc because its tropical storm-force winds stretched for a record 1,000 miles.

4. HURRICANE-FORCE WINDS BATTER BRITAIN

Trains and flights are canceled and power is knocked out to thousands as a significant storm bears down on southern England.

5. PHONE HACKING TRIAL UNDERWAY

Jury selection begins in the case of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, accused of eavesdropping and bribing officials while at the now-shuttered Rupert Murdoch tabloid.

6. MAN CHARGED IN STABBING DEATHS OF COUSIN’S WIFE , 4 CHILDREN

NYC police say the suspect had been staying with the family on the first floor of the two-story brick house for about a week.

7. WHICH AUTOMAKER IS BACK ON TOP

Toyota outsells GM for the first nine months of 2013 to keep the lead it regained last year.

8. NIELSEN TO BEGIN MEASURING MOBILE VIEWING

Starting next fall, the global info and measurement company will count programs watched on phones and tablets within its traditional TV ratings.

9. ANOTHER WACKY WORLD SERIES FINISH

One night after a rare obstruction call, Game 4 ends with a pickoff play as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals 4-2 and even things up.

10. THE OTHER FOOTBALL COMES TO WEMBLEY

The 49ers trounce the Jaguars 42-10 at London’s iconic soccer venue.

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