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Polling places continue to open for early voting across the country

Monday, 20 October 2014 18:14
CBS With just 15 days until the 2014 midterm election, six states have officially opened polling places to voters who want to skip the lines on election day. Early voting officially opened in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin, as well as in Washington, D.C. Other states, including Florida, allow their election supervisors to open the polls today, but they're not required to open them. Voters have been quick to seize on the opportunity…
Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades
Monday, 20 October 2014 17:54
By Mary Wisniewski HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A northwest Indiana man suspected of murdering at least seven women may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday. Darren Vann, 43, of Gary, Indiana, was in custody and police were seeking murder charges against him, said John Doughty, police chief of the neighboring city of Hammond.
Kansas: The rise of the smash and grab election
Monday, 20 October 2014 17:14
This article originally appeared on Slate. The Senate races in South Dakota and Kansas may be examples of a rising political phenomenon: the smash-and-grab campaign. In both states, independent candidates have scrambled long-settled patterns. Races that were once considered safe wins for Republicans are attracting new money and attention from both parties. They will be hard-fought until Election Day. Usually you need three for a trend, and there are idiosyncrasies to both of these races…
WHO chief promises transparency on Ebola failures
Monday, 20 October 2014 15:54
GAMMARTH, Tunisia (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization says the agency will be upfront about its handling of the Ebola outbreak, following an internal report that details failures in containing the virus. In the draft document obtained by the Associated Press, the WHO says "nearly everyone" involved in the Ebola response failed to notice factors that turned the outbreak into the biggest on record. It blames incompetent staff, bureaucracy and a lack…
Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape
Monday, 20 October 2014 15:54
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also charged with attempted capital murder, according to the indictment. Matthew, 32, is being held in Charlottesville, Virginia, on a charge related to the…
Cuomo confronts and pokes fun at Biden's LaGuardia Airport "third world" joke
Monday, 20 October 2014 15:33
(CNN) -- Remember that time Vice President Joe Biden compared New York City's LaGuardia Airport to a "third world country"? Well, karma came back to Biden during an event with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Sitting side-by -side, the two men vowed to improve and modernize New York City airports. Cuomo was quick to playfully jab at the Vice President's earlier comments on his state's airport, "a famous person once said and I quote: 'If…
Michigan GOP airs 'Sharknado'-inspired ad
Monday, 20 October 2014 15:33
STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe Michigan GOP is targeting Democratic Senate hopeful Gary Peters with a 'Sharknado'-themed ad.The ad focuses on Peters' campaign contributions from a felon with ties to a loan sharking ring.Peters' campaign says he's given back or donated those contributions. Washington (CNN) -- Michigan Democratic Senate hopeful Gary Peters is the target of a Sharknado-inspired cartoon, but supporters say the ad is part of a campaign that "jumped the shark." The Michigan Republican Party has…
Third UN employee dies from Ebola
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:54
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - A UN staff member in Sierra Leone has died from Ebola, the third employee from the world organization to succumb to the deadly virus, the UN spokesman said Monday. The man, who was a driver for the UN Women agency, passed away at the weekend in Sierra Leone and his spouse is currently receiving treatment, said spokesman Stephane Dujarric. "All measures to protect staff at the duty station in…
Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:11
Continuing her reemergence into public life, Monica Lewinsky on Monday joined the Twitter bandwagon, kicking off her account with a post that seemed to predict the rubbernecking frenzy that would accompany it: "#HereWeGo." #HereWeGo— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014 After just a few hours on the social media site, the former White House intern whose fame stems from her sexual affair with then-President Bill Clinton boasted more than 20,000 followers. She posted a second…
Obama votes early in Chicago, encourages others to follow
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:11
View gallery U.S. President Barack Obama gets his ballot as he takes part in early voting at a polling station in … CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hoping to encourage turnout among Democrats, U.S. President Barack Obama took advantage of early voting opportunities in his hometown of Chicago on Monday and cast his electronic ballot at a polling place near his home.

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