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10 things to know for Thursday

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

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1. TRAGEDY STRIKES HAJJ PILGRIMAGE

At least 310 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a stampede in a Saudi tent city on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca.

2. WHERE POPE IS OFF TO NEXT

Francis is bringing his message of humility and hope to Capitol Hill as he becomes the first pontiff in history to speak to a joint meeting of Congress.

3. WHAT MAY HOLD UP BUDGET DEAL

The Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that would keep the government open beyond next week's deadline at a price Democrats are certain to reject — stripping taxpayer funds from Planned Parenthood.

4. WHY COLOMBIA IS CLOSER TO LASTING PEACE

Bogota and leftist rebels pledge to end Latin America's longest-running armed war conflict within six months.

5. REFUGEE CRISIS PITS FORMER BALKAN FOES AGAINST EACH OTHER

Croatia and Serbia, who fought a war in the early 1990s, trade punitive actions and ultimatums over their shared border as the influx of thousands causes a bitter divide to resurface.

6. SEXTING CASE HIGHLIGHTS CHILD PORN LAWS QUANDARY

When authorities discovered that a high school couple in North Carolina had sent each other nude selfies, they plunged the two 16-year-olds into a legal morass with lifetime implications.

7. WHO WON PRISON RIGHTS FOR TRANSGENDER PEOPLE

Neon Brown, a transgender inmate who says she was called "it" and "some kind of animal" by guards, legally forces Maryland's penitentiaries to better train for how to treat transgender people.

8. SCIENTISTS: DROUGHT STRESSING ANCIENT TREES

California's Giant Sequoias are showing signs of distress, with leaves that are much drier and sparser than usual.

9. R&B STAR FACES AUSSIE BAN

A government minister signals that troubled singer Chris Brown won't be allowed to tour Australia in December because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna.

10. PIRATES CLINCH POSTSEASON AGAIN

Neil Walker had a career-high six RBIs and Pittsburgh clinches its third straight playoff berth by beating Colorado 13-7.