A look at the news you need to know heading into the weekend. Read more in our full morning briefing: http://nyti.ms/1NFir5d
  1. Seeking an end to Syria’s war
    John Kerry’s biggest challenge at international talks today is to try to make peace between Saudi Arabia and Iran, rivals who are using Syria as a proxy war for Mideast dominance. http://nyti.ms/1P9T0KG
  2. Grim breast cancer milestone
    For the first time, the incidence of breast cancer among black women has risen to equal that of white women, the American Cancer Society is reporting. http://nyti.ms/1Sdgpec
  3. Roman Polanski decision
    A judge in Poland turned down a U.S. request for the extradition of the filmmaker Roman Polanski, who is wanted over a 1977 conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. http://nyti.ms/1MxBUaR
  4. What China needs to grow
    Even with China abandoning its one-child policy, the cost of raising a second child is overwhelming for most Chinese families. http://nyti.ms/1KKz376
  5. Retailers are preparing for holiday sales
    Target, Walmart and Macy’s say they will open again this year on Thanksgiving. But some smaller chains are taking a stand against holiday sales creep. http://nyti.ms/1iq9UYF