CNN Radio News Day: October 19, 2012
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney attend a campaign rally in Chesapeake, Virginia, October 17, 2012.
October 19th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 19, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • Election day is now just a little more than two weeks away, and both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney are expected to spend most of the weekend in debate prep.  The two candidates are still working to win over every last undecided voter.  CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser says there aren't many left:

"If they haven't decided yet maybe the final debate could change their minds or persuade them to  change their minds.  Maybe it'll be a campaign event or a commercial they see in the last couple days.  It's hard to tell with these remaining voters when it comes to what's going to make their choice."

  • EU leaders meeting in Brussels believe they've taken a major step forward in the fight to end the euro zone crisis.   They agreed to set up a single watchdog to keep an eye on all 6,000 banks in the euro currency area.   European Council President  Herman Van Rompuy says the decision is necessary to break the vicious cycle between banks and sovereign nations:

"The urgent element now is setting up a single supervisory mechanism to prevent banking risks and cross-border contagions from emerging.  And that's why the European Council called... for swift progress ."

  • Many paintings by old masters and other treasures from around the world are tied to the black market.  Even those in reputable museums. That's because the trade of illegal antiquities is big business:

"The illicit trade in art and antiquities is in excess of $9 billion a year...  It's the fourth largest means of promoting illicit proceeds after narcotics trafficking, after weapons trafficking, and after human trafficking, " says Craig Karch, Special Agent and Program Manager with the Department of Homeland Security.

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