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  • Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

    BOSTON (AP) — Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics and effective use of technology to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight
    Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

  • Senate control could turn on 2 independents' moves
    Senate control could turn on 2 independents' moves

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After millions of Americans vote next week, it's possible that one or two men will decide which party controls the Senate.

  • Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate
    Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to Maine to rally votes for the Democratic candidate for governor, the latest in a burst of campaign appearances Obama is making before next week's midterm elections after months of sitting on the sidelines because of his low approval ratings and npopularity in some states.

  • US voters deciding on billions for conservation
    US voters deciding on billions for conservation

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.

  • Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned
    Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Spanish flu pandemic a century ago prompted the last large-scale quarantines in this country. Now the Ebola outbreak is raising new questions about whether ordering quarantines is an effective way to fight deadly disease in the U.S.

  • Democratic areas win more transportation grants
    Democratic areas win more transportation grants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months before next week's midterm elections, the Obama administration in September awarded the biggest share of almost $600 million in economic stimulus-based transportation grants to projects in districts with a Democratic congressman even though Republicans represent 34more House districts across the country, an Associated Press analysis has found.

  • FTC sues Gerber over claims on infant formula

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators are suing baby food-maker Gerber for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children.

  • Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents
    Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

  • For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For-profit colleges that don't produce graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon face the wrath of the federal government.

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