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Top Stories: Debt Talks, Penn State, Occupy Wall Street, Solyndra

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- 'Murmurings' Of A Deal On Taxes And Deficit Reduction.

-- Penn State Scandal: Key Witness Says He Did Talk With University Police.

-- Zuccotti Park 'Unoccupied And Quiet' As Day Begins.

Other news making headlines:

-- "Solyndra: Energy Dept. Pushed Firm To Keep Layoffs Quiet Until After Midterms." (The Washington Post)

-- Syrian Army Defectors "Attack Air Force Base." (Al-Jazeera)

-- "Obama Insists U.S. Does Not Fear China." (The Associated Press)

-- Australia Agrees To Host U.S. Marine Task Force. (BBC News)

-- "Italy Unveils Government Of Technocrats." (The Guardian)

-- "Afghan Council To Consider U.S. Partnership Pact." (Morning Edition)

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