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KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 10)—Syria called to surrender weapons, Mexico vs USA soccer, 4 convicted of rape/murder could hang in India


1. Diplomats press Syria to surrender chemical weapons (NPR)

<p>France will put a resolution before the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that calls on Syria to hand over its chemical weapons to international monitors for dismantling.</p>

<p>This news follows the dramatic events of Monday when Secretary of State John Kerry said Syrian President Bashar Assad might be able to head off a U.S. military strike if he turns over "every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week."</p>

2. USA vs Mexico: A loss by Mexico in World Cup soccer qualifying match could mean an 'L' for the US economy (KPCC)

<p>The U.S.A. men's national soccer team faces off against Mexico Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying match. If Mexico loses in Columbus OH, their chances of making it to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be severely hampered.</p>

<p>And an "L" for Mexico may mean a loss for America's economy in diminished merchandise sales, TV ratings and bar and restaurant activity.</p>

3. 4 men convicted in rape and murder that shocked India (NPR)

<p>Four men convicted Tuesday for the December rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in India are due to learn Wednesday whether they will be sentenced to death by hanging.</p>

<p>In New Delhi, there's great "political pressure ... to mete out the most extreme punishment," reports NPR's Julie McCarthy. News of the brutal attack united India in anger and sorrow and sparked protests about violence against women.</p>

4. CDC's provocative anti-smoking ad campaign deemed a success (KPCC)

<p>A nationwide anti-smoking campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may have encouraged tens of thousands of Americans to kick the habit and more than a million more to at least give it a shot, according to a new study.</p>

<p>The initiative - which is the first mass media anti-smoking effort funded by the federal government - is called the “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign. </p>

5. State Route 42 could be named for Jackie Robinson (KPCC)

<p>California lawmakers are honoring the late Jackie Robinson by proposing to rename a former state highway for the black ball player who broke major league baseball's color barrier.</p>

<p>The state Assembly has approved a resolution urging L.A. and several surrounding cities to rename Manchester Avenue and Firestone Boulevard after Robinson. The road was formerly known as Route 42.</p>

6. 'Common Core' cash: A lesson in spending (KPCC)

<p>L.A. Unified may assign to school principals a cut of the $113 million in state money the district is receiving to transition to new standards. </p>

<p>They'd be required to spend the "Common Core" cash — $70 dollars per student — on technology, professional development and materials. The board is set for a budget vote on Tuesday. </p>

7. Tracking drug-overdose deaths (KPCC)

<p>The state Assembly this week approved legislation that would require county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the state medical board.</p>

<p>The bill was drafted in response to an investigation of prescription drug overdoses that found nearly half of the cases reviewed involved a drug prescribed directly to the deceased.</p>

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