1. FORECAST: Today — Partly sunny, with a high near 60; Tonight — Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
2. EYE ON THE TROPICS: Tropical Storm Sandy is expected to reach hurricane strength as it churns through the Carribbean. There is still a possibility the storm will affect the East Coast either late this weekend or early next week.
3. CELEBRATIONS TODAY: Oct. 24 is United Nations Day. This year, UN Day, ]marks the 67th anniversary of when the United Nations Charter went into effect. This year, UNA-USA is commemorating this special day with more than 170 events around the country hosted by 100 communities in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
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5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1861 - 1st transcontinental telegram sent ending Pony Express; 1901 - 1st woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor); 1904 - 1st NY subway opens; 1926 - Harry Houdini's last performance, which was at the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.
1929 - "Black Thursday," start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8 percent; 1931 - Gangster Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years for tax evasion; 1940 - 40 hour work week goes into effect (Fair Labor Standards of 1938).