Our early headines:
— Developing: Iran Has Released Jailed Americans, State TV Says.
— At UN: Obama To Speak As Critics Take Aim At Mideast Policy.
— $16 Muffins, $8 Coffees, $5 Meatballs: Justice Dept. Spending Rapped
— Former NPR News Exec Ellen Weiss Takes Job At Center For Public Integrity
Other top stories this morning:
— Death Row Inmate Troy Davis' Attorneys File Last-Minute Appeal: "Attorneys for Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis are filing a last-minute appeal to halt his execution later today. Defense attorney Brian Kammer tells The Associated Press he will file the appeal in Butts County Superior Court, south of Atlanta, when it opens later Wednesday. The appeal asks a judge to block the execution. It argues that ballistic testing that linked Davis to the shooting was flawed." (The Associated Press)
Related story: "Georgia Is Poised To Execute Davis, 22 Years Later." (Morning Edition)
— "Afghans Gather To Mourn Burhanuddin Rabbani": "Hundreds of Afghans have gathered in Kabul to mourn High Peace Council chief [and former Afghan President] Burhanuddin Rabbani and protest at his killing by a suicide bomber on Tuesday. Kabul was gridlocked as streets were sealed off around Rabbani's home, where ex-colleagues arrived to pay respects. Rabbani, head of the council charged with talking to the Taliban, was killed by a bomb hidden in a turban." (BBC News)
— "Fed's 'Operation Twist,' Explained In 4 Easy Steps": It should, "in theory, drive down the interest rate on 10-year bonds. (When demand for bonds rises, interest rates fall.) Lots of other interest rates — including mortgages — are tied to the 10-year Treasury rate. So this should drive down interest rates across the board." (Planet Money)
— "Death Toll From Reno Air Races Crash Rises To 11": "The official death toll from Friday's crash at the Reno National Championship Air Races increased to 11 on Tuesday, and all 11 have been officially identified." (Reno Gazette-Journal)