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Top Stories: Violence In Syria; Obama To Meet With Chinese Vice President

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Our early headlines:

-- Drop In Auto Sales Leads To Smaller-Than-Expected Gain In U.S. Retail Sales

-- Rick Santorum Faces Off With Occupy Movement At Campaign Event

-- USS Abraham Lincoln Clears The Strait Of Hormuz

-- Iranian Is Suspected In Bangkok Explosions

-- Mormon Baptism Of Wiesenthal Kin Sparks Jewish Outrage

-- A Year After Uprising, Bahrain Sees Protests Quelled By Teargas

Other stories making headlines:

-- Violence in Syria, U.N. Warns of Civil War ( AP)

-- Pentagon working with FAA to open U.S. airspace to combat drones ( L.A. Times)

-- China's leader-in-waiting to meet with Obama ( CNN)

-- Kate Upton has SI covered ( Boston Globe)

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Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.
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