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POSTED August 12, 2012 8:23 p.m.

NATION

AGING AMERICA & MERCY KILLINGS: John Wise watched a tear roll down his wife's face as she lay in her bed in the intensive care unit in a Cleveland hospital. She'd been unable to speak after a stroke and seemed to be blinking to acknowledge him — and, perhaps, their agreement that they didn't want to live out their years bedridden and disabled, he told a friend. Now Wise is facing charges of shooting her in the head in that hospital, presumably as a mercy killing. The shooting leaves authorities in a dilemma that some experts say will happen with greater frequency in coming years as more Americans grow older — what is the appropriate punishment when a relative kills a loved one to end their suffering?

BACK-TO-SCHOOL DESIGNER CLOTHES:  Juliet Sandler dresses in the latest $650 dresses and $400 shoes from Parisian fashion house Lanvin. Juliet is 3. Her mother says she dresses her daughter in the latest fashions because Juliet is a reflection of her — even though her daughter can't spell the names of the designers, let alone pay for their clothes. Parents like her are the targets for top fashion designers who are trying to hit the increasingly lucrative affluent toddler demographic.

MIDTOWN SHOOTING IN NEW YORK: When officers approached a man who they say was smoking marijuana in Times Square, it was the beginning of an encounter that would stretch for seven of the most crowded blocks in New York City and end with the man shot dead after he lunged at officers with an 11-inch knife during a pursuit that lured many onlookers. "If they're going to kill him, I want to take some pictures, I want to record it," said Lincoln Rocha, a Brazilian tourist who was among the crowd.

WORLD

SYRIA NO FLY ZONE APPEAL: The head of Syria's main opposition group in exile makes a new appeal to the international community to enforce a no-fly zone in border areas to protect civilians. Over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Washington and Turkey were discussing a range of steps including a no-fly zone over some parts of Syria as the regime increasingly uses its air force to attack rebel positions.

POLITICS

RYAN PICK SHARPENS DIFFERENCES: Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his ticket mate magnifies the sharp philosophical policy divisions between Republicans and Democrats and assures that a lively debate over taxes, deficits and the role of government will command the home stretch of the presidential race.

PAUL RYAN RECORD & THE GOP: Rep. Paul Ryan's record runs deeper than his signature budget and Medicare ideas. Mitt Romney's running mate is against abortion rights, has a top rating from gun-rights groups and backed sending troops to the wars. But in conflict with the GOP, he's defended wage laws favored by unions. And he supported the auto industry bailout opposed by Romney and the bank bailout that the party's right flank now opposes..

WISCONSIN SENATE VOTE: On the ballot Tuesday in Wisconsin: Tommy Thompson — a former governor, Cabinet secretary and the most familiar name in modern Wisconsin political history. At the ballot box Tuesday in Wisconsin: election-weary Republican voters who say they can't make up their mind. With Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl retiring, the GOP has its best chance to pick up the seat since Eugene McCarthy held it 1957, but appeared headed for a fractious four-candidate primary that could produce a nominee who most Republicans voted against.

BUSINESS

CHIPOLTE’S: TOO HOT?: For investors, this restaurant chain is as hot as the red chili salsa on its menus. Maybe hotter. Maybe too hot. The stock of Chipotle Mexican Grill has climbed four-fold in five years, and for good reason. Most quarters, the company would report surprisingly high earnings and investors would clamor to buy. But last month, the pattern broke. Chipotle posted blockbuster earnings, but investors sold. The company's sin? It missed its target for revenues.

PEOPLE

BILLY GRAHAM IN NC HOSPITAL WITH BRONCHITIS: A spokesman for Billy Graham says the 93-year-old evangelist is being treated at a North Carolina hospital for bronchitis. A joint statement Sunday from Graham's spokesman and Mission Hospital says Graham was admitted overnight for an infection in his lungs. The hospital is in Asheville, near his home in Montreat. He is resting comfortably in stable condition.

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