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10 things you need to know today: August 12, 2012
Team Romney details Paul Ryan choice, London will bring the Olympics to a close, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his wife Janna with two of their children after a campaign rally with Mitt Romney in Manassas, Va. The Romney campaign has opened up about its vetting process for Romney's running mate. 
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his wife Janna with two of their children after a campaign rally with Mitt Romney in Manassas, Va. The Romney campaign has opened up about its vetting process for Romney's running mate. 
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1. ROMNEY CAMP REVEALS DETAILS OF VETTING PROCESS
Beth Myers, who led presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's search for a running mate, detailed the vetting process to reporters Saturday, saying that "this was Mitt's decision" — speaking of Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his vice presidential nominee. Myers says that Romney gave her one "guiding principle": That the candidate be qualified to take office on Day 1. Myers recounted that Romney met with political operatives like former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State James Baker "to create a methodology for vetting the potential running mates." Romney had his short list on May 1, and on Aug. 5, he called Ryan to meet with him at Myers' home in Brookline, Mass. A week later Ryan and Romney were planning elaborate workarounds to get Ryan to Virginia undetected by the media. [Los Angeles Times]
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2. TWIN EARTHQUAKES RATTLE IRAN LEAVING 227 DEAD
Two earthquakes of magnitudes 6.4 and 6.3 struck within 11 minutes of each other in northwest Iran, leaving 227 people dead and 1,380 injured. Search and rescue operations have ended, and Interior Minister Moustafa Mohammad-Najjar said that "we are now working to ensure survivors' needs in terms of shelter and food." Half of the 600 villages located in the disaster zone were damaged or destroyed. [AFP]
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3. OLYMPIC CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE A BIG PARTY
London is preparing to close out the Olympics with "a thunderous celebration of British music" and a star-studded lineup of performances from the likes of the Spice Girls, George Michael, Annie Lennox, and Muse. "There'll be plenty of fireworks and colored lights, acrobats, gymnasts, drummers, supermodels, and other surprises to keep the crowd — and a television audience of tens of millions — entertained late into the night." [NPR]
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4. MEXICO WINS FIRST OLYMPIC GOLD IN SOCCER
Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 on Saturday to win the gold medal in soccer, the country's first gold medal in the sport. Mexican striker Oribe Peralta scored two goals, the first in the opening minute of the game, and Mexico held on for a victory over powerhouse Brazil. [San Jose Mercury News]
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5. EGYPT KILLS SUSPECTED MILITANTS IN SINAI
On Sunday, Egyptian security forces killed seven suspected militants during raids on hideouts in Sinai, the desert peninsula that borders Israel and the Gaza Strip. Tensions in the region have risen sharply after 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed by suspected militants last weekend, when Egypt decided to launch airstrikes in Sinai. Sunday's deaths were the first reported casualties among suspected militants since Egypt began its offensive. [Associated Press
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6. CLINTON SEEKS TO EXPAND TIES WITH SYRIAN REBELS 
At a meeting in Turkey, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with members of the Syrian opposition who are fighting to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power. Clinton expressed a need to broaden U.S. contacts with the Syrian opposition. "We have been closely coordinating over the course of this conflict, but now we need to get into the real details of such operational planning," Clinton said. "Our intelligence services, our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play, so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that." [Washington Post
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7. U.S. WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM WINS FIFTH GOLD
The U.S. women's basketball team defeated France 86-50 on Saturday, winning its fifth straight gold medal. Forward Candace Parker scored 21 points, including eight straight during the game-changing run in the second quarter. [ESPN]
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8. USAIN BOLT LEADS JAMAICA TO GOLD IN 4x100 RELAY
Jamaican phenomenon Usain Bolt and his countrymen took gold in the 4X100 relay Saturday, setting a new world record with a time of 36.84. Bolt, who had already won both the 100m and the 200m sprints, anchored the effort, bringing his medal haul at the London Games to three golds. Team USA took silver in the relay, matching the previous world record time of 37.04. [USA Today]
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9. FIRST LADY OBAMA VISITS AURORA HOSPITAL
On Saturday, First Lady Michelle Obama surprised doctors and nurses at the Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado, where victims of the July 20 shooting at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises were taken to be treated after the massacre. Twelve people were killed and 58 were injured when alleged gunman James Holmes opened fire at the midnight screening. Obama thanked medical staff for caring for the victims in a visit that lasted an hour. [Denver Post]
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10. DOLPHINS' CHAD JOHNSON ARRESTED 
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson, who recently changed his name from Chad Ochocinco, was arrested Saturday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after allegedly head-butting his new wife Evelyn Lozada. The incident took place in Johnson's car, and police said Lozada had a laceration on her head. The two married last month. [CBSMiami]

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