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    A Syrian man who lives in Beirut, holds up a placard during a vigil against the alleged chemical weapons attack on the suburbs of Damascus, in front the United Nations headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. Anti-government activists accused the Syrian regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack that is thought to have killed at least 100 people, including many children as they slept, during intense artillery and rocket barrages Wednesday on the eastern suburbs of Damascus that are part of a fierce government offensive in the area. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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    The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission marker for the banana split is displayed at the municipal offices in Latrobe, Pa., Wednesday Aug. 21, 2013. A weekend of festivities are planned to surround the dedication of the marker that acknowledges apprentice pharmacist David E. Strickler for inventing the banana split there in 1904. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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    In this Aug. 14, 2013, photo, an embryologist works on embryo at the Create Health fertility clinic in south London. Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has become a sophisticated process with pricey incubators, specialized techniques and extensive screening. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and cheaper method intended mainly for use in developing countries. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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

1. NSA REVEALS DATA-MINING MISTAKES

The agency says it mended its ways after scooping up tens of thousands of emails and other communications with no connection to terrorism.

2. CAMPAIGN TO FREE MANNING TAKES A NEW TURN

Lawyers will ask President Obama to pardon the convicted leaker who was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

3. U.S., U.K. AND FRANCE SEEK PROBE OF REPORTED SYRIAN CHEMICAL ATTACK

The three nations want a team of U.N. experts already in Syria to be granted access to investigate the site.

4. FOR MUBARAK, LIMITED FREEDOM

The deposed autocrat will be freed from jail - but put under house arrest, Egypt’s military government decrees.

5. DISGRACED CHINESE POLITICAN DENIES ACCEPTING BRIBES

Bo Xilai recants an earlier confession on the first day of Beijing’s biggest political trial in decades.

6. HOW DOCTORS ARE TRYING TO UNDERSTAND “SUPER AGERS”

A study is looking at why these elite seniors have brains and memories that seem far younger.

7. GERMAN WOMAN WHO LOST ARM IN MAUI SHARK ATTACK DIES

The twenty-year-old tourist is Hawaii’s first shark attack fatality in nine years.

8. STEALTHY APP STALKS STRAYING BRAZILIAN BOYFRIENDS

The smartphone application, which was pulled off Google Play, caused a stir as critics argued it violated privacy laws.

9. EUROPEAN SCIENTISTS DEVELOP CHEAPER IVF TECHNIQUE

The simplified procedure, which is done for a few hundred dollars, could help infertile couples in the developing world.

10. WHY A PA. TOWN IS GOING BANANAS OVER THE SPLIT

Historical recognition for the birthplace of the banana split will be celebrated with three days of sweet fun.

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