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Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war

Friday, 31 October 2014 14:29
By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S.
Scott Brown quizzed on New Hampshire geography in Senate debate
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:29
Former Scott Brown, R-Massachusetts, has had to shake off the label of "carpet-bagger" since launching his Senate campaign in New Hampshire. In his final debate against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, on Thursday night, he once again was pressed on his familiarity with the Granite State. Debate panelist James Pindell of WMUR asked Brown to name issues that needed to be addressed specifically with New Hampshire's Sullivan County. New Hampshire Dept. of Education
China lifts suspension on Washington State delicious apples
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:29
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China is lifting its suspension on the import of red and golden delicious apples from Washington State, reopening a market once valued at about $6.5 million a year, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday. The restrictions were placed in 2012 by Chinese quarantine authorities due to the repeated interception of three apple pests: speck rot, bull's-eye rot, and Sphaeropsis rot. Since then, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service worked…
California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:29
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta, California, last week, days after his arrest, was formally charged on Thursday with one count of driving while under the influence…
Obama puts spotlight on women in quest for midterm votes
Friday, 31 October 2014 13:29
By Steve Holland PROVIDENCE R.I. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, hoping for a strong turnout from female voters for Democratic candidates in congressional and gubernatorial elections next week, put women in the spotlight on Friday at an economic-focused event in Rhode Island. Obama has made only a handful of appearances on the campaign trail for the mid-term elections in addition to a series of fundraising swings, but his limited public stops have been aimed at…
Republicans likely to add seats in the House
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:28
Anthony Salvanto and Doug Rivers The House Battleground Tracker estimates find Republicans poised to keep majority control -- as most observers expect. They will most likely add to that majority, gaining six more seats and possibly as many as 12. The Tracker collected interviews in every one of the 435 House districts. These were used to model the probability of a Democratic or Republican victory in each district. The distribution of outcomes in our seat-by-seat…
Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:28
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq. With the U.S.-led coalition increasing air strikes but no signs the militants have been weakened, Congress appears ready for a broader discussion on the operations than it was prepared to hold during the run-up to the…
Ex-California state senator to begin jail term for fraud, perjury
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:28
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former California state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying to cover up the fact that he lived outside the district he represented was due to surrender to authorities on Friday to begin serving a 90-day jail term. Roderick Wright, one of three Democrats in the state Senate caught up in ethics scandals since last year and the first to face criminal proceedings, had until…
Most expensive Senate race down to the wire in North Carolina
Friday, 31 October 2014 12:28
By Colleen Jenkins GREENSBORO N.C. (Reuters) - The costliest U.S. Senate race in history is drawing political heavyweights like Mitt Romney and the Clintons to North Carolina as Republicans and Democrats scramble to pull out a win in the battleground state. Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan's lead has faded in the final stretch before the Nov. 4 vote. The latest polls show her tied or with a slight edge over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in a…
Medicare pays for dead patients' prescription drugs
Friday, 31 October 2014 11:27
Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report released Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general says the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death - at odds with the program's basic principles, not to…
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