10 things to know for Wednesday
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. TRUMP RECORDED DISCUSSING PAYING FOR PLAYBOY MODEL’S STORY
The soon-to-be president was taped by his longtime personal lawyer discussing a potential payment for Karen McDougal’s account of having an affair with him.
2. VIOLENCE MARS PAKISTAN ELECTION
A suicide bomber strikes outside a crowded polling station in Quetta, killing 31 people as Pakistanis vote for a third consecutive civilian government.
3. GEORGIA GOVERNOR MATCHUP SET
Republican Brian Kemp will face Democrat Stacey Abrams, highlighting the widening gulf between two major parties moving further apart in style and substance in the Trump era.
4. EXECUTIVE WHO SAVED FIAT AND CHRYSLER DIES
Sergio Marchionne, who built the dysfunctional companies into the world’s seventh-largest automaker, was 66.
5. CARNAGE IN SYRIA
State media say suicide bombings kill 38 people in country’s south; IS militants are blamed for the attacks which echo the group’s horrific assaults that spread mayhem over the past years.
6. HEART OF YOSEMITE TO CLOSE AS CREWS BATTLE RAGING WILDFIRE
Tourists under evacuation orders are emptying campsites and lodges in the popular California park, as firefighters battle to contain a huge wildfire.
7. RESCUE CREWS SEARCH FOR MISSING IN GREECE WILDFIRES
No one knows officially how many people might be missing, and some are taking to social media and Greek TV stations with appeals for information on their loved ones.
8. DISGRACED GEORGIA LAWMAKER QUITS
State Rep. Jason Spencer will resign after exposing himself and yelling racial slurs on Sacha Baron Cohen’s cable TV show.
9. JUDGE ORDERS RELEASE OF PIZZA WORKER
The Ecuadorean immigrant was being held for deportation after he delivered pizza to an Army installation in New York City.
10. REP: DEMI LOVATO DOING BETTER
The pop singer is awake and recovering with her family after she was reportedly hospitalized for an overdose.