The Top 10 Stories of October 26, 2012

By Duane Shank 10-26-2012

Quote of the day.
"It''s looking like a very serious storm that could be historic. Mother Nature is not saying, `Trick or treat.'' It''s just going to give tricks." Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the forecasting service Weather Underground, on a rare mix of three big merging weather systems expected to bring high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S. beginning early Sunday.
(Associated Press)

1. Whites’ support for Obama eroding.
The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama experiencing a steep drop in support among white voters from four years ago.(Washington Post)

2. Both Romney and Obama avoid talk of climate change.
For all their disputes, President Obama and Mitt Romney agree that the world is warming and that humans are at least partly to blame. It remains wholly unclear what either of them plans to do about it.
(New York Times)

3. California eyes vote to end death penalty.
California hosts nearly a quarter of the nation''s death row prisoners, but has executed none in six years. In November, voters will decide whether to save hundreds of millions of dollars by instead jailing the worst killers for life. 

4. Secret ops expand at U.S. base.
DJIBOUTI CITY, Djibouti — Around the clock, about 16 times a day, drones take off or land at a U.S. military base here, the combat hub for the Obama administration’s counterterrorism wars in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
(Washington Post)

5. ‘Fiscal cliff’ already hampering U.S. economy.
The “fiscal cliff” is still two months off, but the scheduled blast of tax hikes and spending cuts is already reverberating through the U.S. economy, hampering growth and, according to a new study, wiping out nearly 1 million jobs this year alone.
(Washington Post)

6. Pakistani girls walk path of teenager shot by Taliban.
As Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai recovers from bullet wounds in a British hospital, her classmates say they will not let the Taliban extremists who put her there force them to quit school.
(USA Today)

7. Iran military action not ''right course at this time.''
The UK government has reiterated that it does not believe military action against Iran would be appropriate at the moment, following the disclosure that Britain has rebuffed US requests to use UK military bases to support the buildup of forces in the Gulf.

8. Syria Eid al-Adha ceasefire marred by clashes.
Syrian activists have reported a series of clashes in violation of a ceasefire to mark a four-day Islamic holiday. Violence appeared to have died down as the ceasefire period began on Friday morning, before reports of fighting in several cities.

9. Israeli operations in Sudan aimed at disrupting Gaza arms trade.
Israeli intelligence officials said Thursday that their military has been conducting operations inside Sudan for several years in an effort to disrupt weapons supplies and training for militants in the Gaza Strip – tacit acknowledgement that Israel was responsible for the bombing Wednesday of a weapons factory in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital.
(McClatchy News)

10. Farewells and Memories.

South Dakota bids farewell to former Sen. McGovern.
A large memorial service was to follow a more intimate prayer service held Thursday night and attended by the state''s luminaries and Vice President Joe Biden.
(Associated Press

Wellstone''s passion recalled 10 years after he was killed in plane crash.
On the 10th anniversary of the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone and seven others, speakers remembered the liberal Minnesota firebrand Thursday for his activism and his ability to care for others.
(Minneapolis StarTribune)

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