Late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories of interest:
1. RYAN SAYS ROMNEY 'WILL NOT DUCK THE TOUGH ISSUES'
VP candidate draws on Wisconsin small-town upbringing and his father's advice in convention address.
2. POLICE: 100-YEAR-OLD DRIVER HITS 11 NEAR SCHOOL
Los Angeles officials say nine victims are children; some were trapped under the Cadillac.
3. HOW NEW ORLEANS FARED AGAINST ISAAC
The hurricane ? now downgraded to a tropical storm ? has caused minor flooding in the city but no Katrina-like catastrophe.
4. STEPHEN HAWKING LEADS OPENING OF 2012 PARALYMPICS
Some 4,200 athletes will compete in 20 sports including archery, cycling, rowing and wheelchair rugby.
5. WHAT'S UP AT THE PUMP THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND
It's Isaac's fault: Gas prices jumped Wednesday and will keep rising for several days.
6. WOMAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING MOTOROLA TRADE SECRETS
Judge hopes to deter others from such crimes: "In today's world, the most valuable thing that anyone has is technology."
7. WHY CHICAGO TEACHERS ARE TALKING STRIKE
Pay, job security and performance evaluations are among issues in the nation's third-largest district.
8. WHO WILL MAKE THE CALLS IN NFL OPENING WEEK
With no progress in negotiations, replacement officials will work "as much of the regular season as necessary."
9. PAYING WITH CELLPHONE APPS ? MAYBE
AP tech writer Anick Jesdanun tested four systems, with sometimes chaotic results.
10. INTERNET CAT VIDEO FESTIVAL. IN A MUSEUM.
Bring your camera, and Fluffy too ? on a leash ? as the well-regarded Walker Art Center showcases 70 kitty flicks Thursday.