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KNOW IT ALL: Thursday’s Top 7 Stories at NBC News

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Pope Francis waves as he departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, en route to the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress. Cliff Owen / AP file

Good morning. Here are some of the stories we're following today:

1. Pope, Priest or Merkel — Who Will Win Nobel Peace Prize?

While the list of nominees is kept secret, there are more than 270 names on it, according to the Norwegian Nobel Institute. That includes 205 individuals and 68 organizations. We took a look at some of the top contenders. Read more in NEWS.

2. Unraveling the Deadly U.S. Attack on Afghan Hospital

It has been called a war crime, and could be the subject of an international investigation - but the U.S. attack on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan is the subject of a tangle of accounts. Who to believe? Here's how the response unfolded. Read more in NEWS.

Kunduz Hospital: Before and After the Bombing 0:41

3. This Is Why Support for Gun Control Has Declined in U.S.

A complicated mix of emotions, attitudes and perceptions go into how people feel about guns, but when you look at the data, two points help explain the drop in support for gun control. Over the same period of time the violent crime rate has also dropped sharply. And the partisan divides that have come to define U.S. politics have pushed into the gun control debate. Read more in POLITICS.

4. Carry Guns at All Times, Says Jerusalem Mayor Amid Unrest

The mayor of Jerusalem urged gun owners to carry their weapons at all times on Thursday in the wake of a slew of attacks and unrest in Israel and the West Bank. "Given the current escalation [of violence] in the security situation, those with a licensed firearm who know what to do with it must go out with [their weapon]— it's an imperative," Mayor Nir Barkat told Army Radio. Read more in NEWS.

5. U.S. Could Use a 'Real Black President,' Rupert Murdoch Says

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has suggested that President Barack Obama is not a "real black president." The 84-year-old billionaire said in a tweet late Wednesday that Republican presidential nominee Ben Carson would give the U.S. "a real black president who can properly address the racial divide." Read more in POLITICS.

6. Cystic Fibrosis Drugs Save Lives, If You Can Afford Them

New drugs for treating the genetic lung disease are being hailed as breakthroughs, but at a cost up to $300,000 a year, few can afford them. Read more at NIGHTLY NEWS.

What’s Behind The Skyrocketing Costs of Lifesaving Drugs? 2:57

7. Daniel Craig on Playing Bond Again: I'd Rather 'Slash My Wrists'

There's been endless headlines speculating about who could play the next James Bond, and now the current famous superspy has stepped forward with his thoughts on the role. In an interview with TimeOut, Daniel Craig spoke candidly about the role and its future. "Look, I don't give a f--. Good luck to them," Craig said when asked if he cared who played Bond next. Read more in POP CULTURE.

Nightly Spotlight: Astronaut Scott Kelly Chats With NBC's Lester Holt

Kelly marks his 193rd day in space. He has traveled 76.89 million miles around the Earth.

Astronaut Scott Kelly Talks Movies, Space Photos With NBC's Lester Holt 2:02