5 things you need to know Thursday

Syria vote will ripple through 2014 campaigns

The debate over military intervention in Syria has exposed rifts in both political parties that could seep into campaigns in 2014 and beyond. President Obama's request that Congress authorize strikes against Syria because of its use of chemical weapons has divided Democrats supporting the president from those who oppose the United States undertaking another Mideast military action. Republicans are split between those favoring an aggressive response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime and the bloody civil war and libertarian-leaning conservatives who oppose an overseas intervention.

Anthony Weiner gets into angry spat with Jewish voter

Anthony Weiner's support in New York City mayoral polls has been dropping for weeks because of scandal. Now, he's got to contend with a video showing him in a shouting match with an Orthodox Jewish voter. During a Brooklyn campaign stop, Weiner got into an angry confrontation with a voter who called the Democrat a "scumbag" and "disgusting" because of the candidate's sexting habits. "What rabbi taught you that you're my judge," Weiner can be heard saying on the video captured by Jacob Kornbluh, a blogger who posted the exchange on NYCelects.com.

Miley Cyrus tweets expletive-laden exchange with photog

Miley Cyrus is at it again! No, not twerking. Tweeting. And ruffling some feathers while she's at it. The 20-year-old singer took to Twitter to reveal she scuffled with a photographer and called him the c-word. "Just called this paparazzi a (expletive removed) So before he makes breaking 'news' out if it. Ill just say it. Ha-Ha # (expletive removed)."

NFL arrests persist after turbulent offseason

The NFL opener between the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos launches Roger Goodell's eighth season as commissioner — a period marked by almost $10 billion in annual revenues and television ratings that dominate American sports. It also features an arrest rate of more than one per week — an average that hasn't changed much from the days of Goodell's predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, according to data compiled by USA TODAY Sports. In Goodell's seven years on the job, NFL players have been arrested or charged with crimes at least 395 times, including 107 drunken-driving arrests, 43 domestic-abuse cases, 34 cases involving guns and 84 cases involving fighting or disorderly conduct, usually at bars or nightclubs late at night.

McDonald's tests $1 menu with higher price points

The McDonald's Dollar Menu may be outgrowing its name — and its $1 price point. The fast-food giant, struggling to keep sales up in an ultracompetitive environment, says it is testing a seriously different version of the Dollar Menu — dubbed Dollar Menu & More — that sells an array of items at $1, $2 and even $5 so-called shareable items such as 20-piece boxes of McNuggets. A national relaunch of a revised Dollar Menu could come "later this year," says Neil Golden, chief marketing officer at McDonald's.

Bonus: G-20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, gets underway

World leaders are gathering in the northern Russian city of St. Petersburg to discuss international taxes, banking reform and the global economy. Syria is not formally on the agenda but is likely to dominate discussions.


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