10 things you need to know for Thursday

Late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories of interest:

1. U.S. cities brace for Occupy’s two-month anniversary. Organizers hope today’s rallies and marches will be their biggest yet.

2. The surprising results of AP’s worldwide information quest. What happens when you submit the same questions to more than 100 countries with right-to-know provisions? New democracies respond better than older ones.

3. A new U.N. push on Syria. European powers seek stronger condemnation after the Arab League demands Assad regime halt violence against civilians.

4. Mortgage crackdown could renew scrutiny of Google. The U.S. government targets scams touted on the Internet’s biggest marketing network.

5. The U.S. tax breaks that could be axed. A GOP proposal limits deductions for mortgage interest, charitable donations and state and local taxes.

6. Texas executions likely done for 2011. The nation’s most active capital punishment state puts Guadalupe Esparza to death for murdering a 7-year-old girl.

7. Local police say McQueary didn’t inform them of sex abuse. Neither campus nor city officers received reports from the Penn State graduate assistant who told a grand jury he saw Jerry Sandusky raping a boy in 2002.

8. Markets await U.S. jobless numbers. Out at 8:30 a.m.

9. There’s a new competitor for iTunes. Google’s digital music store opens a new front in its battle with Apple.

10. Prospective owner for Astros was forced to accept a big switch. The AP learns Major League Baseball told Houston businessman Jim Crane it would not approve his purchase, which could be announced today, unless he agreed to move to the American League.

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