The Brattleboro Reformer has many colleagues around the country producing news for our "sister" papers. The Daily DFM is a "top picks" of today's national news. Consider it a collection of "things you should know, today."

1. U.S. income gap reaches its widest point since the 1920s

By Paul Wiseman, Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The gulf between the richest 1 percent and the rest of America is the widest it's been since the Roaring '20s.

The very wealthiest Americans earned more than 19 percent of the country's household income last year - their biggest share since 1928, the year before the stock market crash. And the top 10 percent captured a record 48.2 percent of total earnings last year.

2. Analysis: Was a Syria-Russia deal in the works before Kerry's gaffe?

By Joshua Keating, Slate

WASHINGTON - In an interview with CNN Monday night, President Barack Obama called a Russian-proposed deal for Syria to give up its nuclear weapons a "potentially positive" development and while he expressed some skepticism, suggested it was a possible diplomatic breakthrough ....

3. Why do some Americans hate Obamacare? These protesters explain

By Amber Phillips, Digital First Media

Twenty-one days before a major provision of President Barack Obama's signature health-care law reform kicks in, hundreds of Americans joined conservative members of Congress on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to express their hatred for the law....

4. Apple unveils iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

By Jillian Sederholm, Digital First Media

CEO Tim Cook and other Apple representatives took the stage at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Tuesday to unveil two new smartphone models: the premium iPhone 5S and the more affordable iPhone 5C ....

5. Opinion: 10 big changes in the world since 9/11

By David Beard, The Washington Post

The United States and the world have changed significantly in the dozen years since terrorists hijacked jetliners and launched the biggest attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. Here are 10 of those changes. ...