Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announces that government safety rules are changing to let airline passengers use most electronic devices from gate-to-gate during a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport. The change will let passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music _ but not make cellphone calls. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 photo, volunteers and officials dig graves to inter the bodies of migrants who died of thirst after their the truck they were traveling in, seen rear, broke down while attempting to cross the Sahara Desert north of Arlit, Niger. Nearly 100 African migrants hoping to escape crushing poverty met a grisly end in the desert, officials said Thursday, dying of thirst under the baking sun after their truck broke down in Niger not far from the Algerian border. It took weeks for authorities to learn of the tragedy and for recovery teams to reach the distant site, where they found a gruesome scene including the remains of 52 children and 33 women.(AP Photo/Almoustapha Alhacen)

Mayor Rob Ford walks past Halloween decorations on his way to talk to media at City Hall in Toronto on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. Ford says he has no reason to step down despite police confirmation that they have seized a video that appears to show him smoking a crack pipe. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. GOOD NEWS FOR TRAVELERS WHO DISLIKE BEING DISCONNECTED

The FAA is easing restrictions on the use of electronic gadgets on airplanes — though chatting on cellphones will still be prohibited.

2. ISRAELIS TARGET WEAPONS SHIPMENT IN SYRIA

Warplanes attack a store of Russian missiles in the port city of Latakia, an official says. It’s an apparent continuation of Israel’s campaign to keep arms from proliferating in the Mideast.

3. STOP-AND-FRISK GETS A REPRIEVE

A federal appeals court blocks a judge’s ruling that the NYPD’s controversial tactic discriminates against minorities.

4. DEATH IN THE DESERT

Nearly 100 African migrants hoping to travel to Algeria die of thirst after their two trucks break down in the middle of the Sahara.

5. FOUR DAYS, FOUR MASS KILLINGS

Experts say violence that left 14 adults and seven children dead is nothing more than random chance, not a sign of growing violence in America.

6. HOW WALL STREET AVOIDED OCTOBER JINX

Rather than being rattled by the U.S. government shutdown, investors kept their focus on what probably matters more: the Federal Reserve.

7. DRIVER TICKETED WHILE WEARING GOOGLE GLASS

The California woman plans to challenge what may be a first-of-its-kind citation, saying the Internet-connected eyewear makes navigation easier.

8. WHAT MAY PROVE DAMAGING TO TORONTO MAYOR

Police say they have a video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking a crack pipe.

9. IN GEOPOLITICS, IT’S SPY VS. SPY

Even close allies keep things from one another — and work every angle to find out what’s being held back.

10. WHO’S CONDUCTING A WORLDWIDE POLL

The Vatican wants to know how Catholic parishes around the globe handle sensitive issues like contraception, divorce and gay couples.

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