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    In this Feb. 6, 2013 photo, a Rastafarian named Bongho Jatusy smokes a pipe of marijuana outside a museum dedicated to the memory of late reggae icon Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica. While marijuana is still illegal in Jamaica, where it is known popularly as “ganja,” increasingly vocal advocates say that Jamaica could give its struggling economy a boost by taking advantage of the fact the island is nearly as famous for its marijuana as it is for beaches, reggae music and world-beating sprinters. (AP Photo/David McFadden)

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    "Sunset at Montmajour" by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is seen during a press conference at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Sept. 9, 2013. The museum has identified the long-lost painting which was painted by the Dutch mater in 1888, the discovery is the first full size canvas that has been found since 1928 and will be on display from Sept. 24. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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    In this Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, photo provided by CBS News, White House Chief-of-Staff Denis McDonough speaks on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington. McDonough said Sunday that a "common-sense test" dictates the Syrian government is responsible for a chemical weapons attack that President Barack Obama says demands a U.S. military response. But, he said, the administration lacks "irrefutable, beyond-a-reasonable-doubt evidence" that skeptical Americans, including lawmakers who will start voting on military action this week, are seeking. "This is not a court of law. And intelligence does not work that way," he said. (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

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

1. OBAMA TAKES TO THE AIRWAVES

The president turns to TV as he makes his case for punishing Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons.

2. WHO’S COUNTING ON A MILITARY STRIKE

Maybe more than anyone, America’s pro-Israel lobby is worried that Congress might vote “no” on penalizing Syria.

3. OPTING OUT OF STANDARDIZED TESTS

A growing number of parents aren’t letting their kids take the exams, citing students’ stress and other reasons.

4. NFL FAN FALLS, DIES AT STADIUM

A man who appeared intoxicated plunges to his death from a pedestrian walkway outside San Francisco’s Candlestick Park.

5. WHAT’S RIVETING THE ART WORLD

An Amsterdam museum says it has identified a long-lost Vincent Van Gogh painting, the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928.

6. WHERE GOP HOPEFULS ARE LOOKING FOR MONEY

Several Republicans who are thinking about running for president are courting senior members of Mitt Romney’s well-oiled campaign finance machine.

7. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

A Connecticut couple married for five years has been battling in divorce court for twice that long.

8. IN JAMAICA, GANGA TOURS

Farmers are offering trips — technically illegal — to some of the island’s hidden marijuana plantations.

9. FOR VEGAS, ANOTHER OVER-THE-TOP ATTRACTION

The 55-story High Roller will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel — nine feet taller than the Singapore Flyer.

10. BLINK AND YOU’LL MISS IT

The Redskins’ up-tempo offense will be pitted against an even quicker attack when Washington meets Philadelphia.

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