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Top Stories: France On Alert; Romney, Obama Spar; Housing Starts Rise

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

France On Alert, Closing Embassies, After Magazine Publishes Muhammad Cartoons.

Housing Starts Rose Again In August, Pace Remains Well Above Previous Years.

Shuttle Endeavour Is On Its Way To California.

18 Innings Are A Lot, But Orioles-Mariners Game Is No Record-Breaker.

Other stories in the news:

— Romney: "Opportunities Have Been In Short Supply." (USA Today)

— Obama: "You've Got To Work For Everybody, Not Just For Some." (Reuters)

— In Chicago, Teachers' Strike Ends And "Union Declares Victory." (WBEZ)

— Senior Administration Official: Obama To Meet With Myanmar's Suu Kyi. (The Associated Press)

— Defected General Tells Times Of London That Syria's Assad Would Transfer Chemical Weapons To Hezbollah. (Al-Arabiya)

— Danish Magazine Plans To Publish Topless Kate Photos. (BBC News)