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More registered Republicans than registered Democrats have cast a ballot during early voting in Iowa for the first time in a modern-day election, according to a GOP report.

The report stated that as of Wednesday, the cumulative number of registered Republican early and absentee voting returns surpassed those of the Democrats by 305 ballots. 



An Iowa Democratic Party spokeswoman told FoxNews.com that the numbers of early ballots cast are in flux, saying the numbers will continue to change over the coming days.

By Patrick Rucker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is drafting rules designed to close an accounting loophole that in recent years has helped coal companies boost export profits and likely cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, people familiar with the plan said.

American taxpayers by law are due a 12.5 percent royalty on the sales of millions of tons of coal pulled each year from federal land that mining companies lease.

  • He had a criminal record
  • He was a convert to Islam
  • Canadian officials revoked his passport
  • He is believed to have acted alone

(CNN) -- What would spur someone to walk up to a war memorial, fatally shoot a soldier guarding it, then rush into Canada's Parliament and open fire?

The shooter, identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, may have taken the answer to his grave when he himself was shot dead before he could seriously hurt anyone inside the Parliament building.

NOPD recruiting hitting its stride
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 23:54

The newest faces of the New Orleans Police Department are a diverse bunch.

Among them are a former UNO baseball pitcher whose recent jobs included termite inspector and country club pool guy, a state probation and parole officer whose sister is former City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer, a Cuban-born Floridian with an MBA, the ex-manager of a California barbecue joint and a former Taxicab Bureau investigator who was suspended by Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s administration for supposedly fudging his time sheets while working undercover as a cab driver to root out an apparent inspection-sticker scam.

Canada 'not intimidated' by attacks
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 23:54
23 October 2014Last updated at 05:37

Footage from the Toronto Globe and Mail show a hail of bullets being fired inside the Canadian parliament building

Canadian PM Stephen Harper has said his country "will never be intimidated" after a deadly attack near the national parliament in the capital Ottawa.


Striking accusations in the St. John amoeba case point blame at parish management.

Kevin Branch and Danielle Roussel were charged with malfeasance in office and filing or maintaining false public records regarding chlorine levels in the parish water system.

In an exclusive interview, Roussel's lawyer told FOX 8 that the inspectors were doing exactly as their supervisors directed.

David Belfield said Roussel and Branch were told to omit information specifically asked for by the State Department of Health and Hospitals.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tempers flared. The benches cleared. A fight nearly broke out. And a World Series with little verve finally got the jolt it needed Wednesday.

Omar Infante’s two-run home run set off the extracurricular activities and capped a massive sixth inning for the Kansas City Royals, who avenged a Game 1 defeat with a 7-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants in front of a raucous 40,446 at Kauffman Stadium.

Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, who allowed a two-run double to Salvador Perez a batter before Infante, exchanged words with Perez as he rounded the bases on the home run.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California prison officials have agreed to end a policy that segregated inmates based on their race after a riot.

The policy was challenged in a 2008 inmate lawsuit and deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Department of Justice.



A settlement reached Wednesday says future lockdowns "may not be imposed or lifted based on race or ethnicity." A copy of the settlement was obtained by The Associated Press.

CHICAGO – A bank robber who escaped from Chicago's high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Center has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.

In December 2012, Joseph Banks and an accomplice smashed a hole in a cell window and climbed down 20 stories using a rope fashioned from bed sheets. Banks was caught two days later on the city's North Side. Kenneth Conley was captured two weeks later.



Banks escaped five days after he was convicted of armed robbery of two banks and attempting to rob two others in 2007 and 2008.

Lewis leads students to early vote
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 23:53

Civil Rights icon John Lewis rallied Southern University students Wednesday, then led about 50 of them to an early vote.

Lewis, the last living member of the civil rights era’s big six, described for about 250 Southern students such events as the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery March to campaign for voting rights. Lewis and others were injured when attacked by police on what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”

He ended the speech asking the students to vote for U.S.

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