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10 for day: Monday, Sept. 23

10 for day: Monday, Sept. 23

Paramedics run outside the Westgate Mall in Nairobi after heavy shooting started Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Kenya's military launched a major operation at the upscale Nairobi mall and said it had rescued "most" of the hostages being held captive by al-Qaida-linked militants during the standoff. Photo: Associated Press/Sayyid Azim

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

1. KENYA STRIKES AT AL-QAIDA-LINKED FIGHTERS

The military launches an operation to free hostages and capture or kill armed militants after a bloodbath at an upscale Nairobi mall. But hours later, the standoff continues.

2. GOP’S CONCLUSION FROM MASSACRE

Republican lawmakers say the attack shows al-Qaida is growing in size and strength, belying the Obama administration’s claims that it has grown weaker.

3. FAMILIAR PROBLEMS AWAIT OBAMA AT UN

The president, attending the annual General Assembly meetings, will be confronted by three longstanding issues — Iran, Syria and the elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

4. US STRUGGLES TO FULFILL AID PLEDGE

Making good on its promise of nearly $1.3 billion in assistance to millions of desperate Syrians in the chaotic war zone is proving difficult.

5. ‘BREAKING BAD’ HONORED AS TV’S BEST DRAMA

It’s the first Emmy for the brutal saga and comes one week before AMC is due to air the series finale.

6. WHY YOU NEEDN’T FRET IF YOU MISSED THE EMMYS

The AP’s Frazier Moore says the show was just so-so and Neil Patrick Harris fell short as the host.

7. FAREWELL TO THE VW BUS

Volkswagen says production will end Dec. 31 in Brazil, the last place in the world where the iconic vehicle is still being made.

8. HOW RIHANNA TIPPED OFF THE COPS

A photo she tweeted showing her cuddling an endangered primate leads to the arrest of two people in Thailand for allegedly peddling protected species.

9. NEW CHORE FOR PLUMBERS

Increasingly popular bathroom wipes — thick, premoistened towelettes — aren’t as flushable as the ads say.

10. WHO’S STILL WINLESS IN THE NFL

Three weeks into the season, six teams still haven’t won a game — including the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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