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- How a surge in Puerto Rican voters is changing Florida politics The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach. And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change.
- Ann Romney: If Mitt had been elected president, ‘I do not believe there would have been an invasion in Ukraine’ Ann Romney says Russia wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine had her husband Mitt been elected president. In a clear shot at the Obama administration, Romney told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, “I do not believe there would have been an invasion, of course, in Ukraine. I believe Putin would have known there would've been consequences to that.”
- Florida governor's race a dead heat, poll shows
By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's largest swing state, poll results released on Wednesday show. The Quinnipiac University Poll results show Scott, a Republican, and Crist, a former Republican running as a Democrat, each with 42 percent support, with both candidates struggling with low popularity. "Mr. Crist and Mr. ...
- Oklahoma judge allows law banning abortion pills to take effect By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law that bans abortion-inducing drugs to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights groups to halt the measure from taking effect. Stuart also allowed a provision that would limit liability claims against physicians due to the law. ...
- Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal. Kerry said in a statement that Hart, 77, who in recent years gained a name as a national security expert and author, would play a "direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role. ...
- Corruption charges against Alabama House speaker 'gutter politics': Congressman By Sherrel Wheeler Stewart BIRMINGHAM Ala. (Reuters) - A prominent supporter of Alabama state House Speaker Mike Hubbard, a Republican indicted on 23 felony counts of corruption, condemned the charges against him on Tuesday as "Chicago-style gutter politics." Hubbard, a powerful figure in Alabama politics who helped guide Republicans to majorities in both houses of the state legislature in 2010 for the first time in 136 years, was indicted on Friday on charges that include using his office for personal gain and legislating with a conflict of interest. U.S. ...
- How the North Carolina Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014
But with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.
- Smuggled oil, sex slaves, kidnappings, crime: Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.
- Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists' A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."
- On Politics: The silliest emails of the week I've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colorado, I feel for you.
- Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero
- Canada’s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence
- Afghan Opium Trade Thriving Despite - or With Help of - US $7 Billion Effort
- American Jeffrey Fowle Released From North Korea and Flies Home on US Jet
- NJ Gov. Christie back again in Iowa; 2016 on mind?
CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, returning to Iowa to headline one of the biggest events on the state's political calendar, criticized President Barack Obama in a fiery speech Saturday night that sounded like the early makings of a presidential pitch.
- Maui voters to decide whether to ban GMO crops HONOLULU (AP) — Dozens of Maui mothers are going door-to-door to urge voters to back a ban on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops because they think they are unsafe.
- Across US, Dems enlist Latinas for top of ballot
APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer.
- Hillary Clinton rallies NC Democrats for Sen Hagan
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former Secretary of State of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged North Carolina Democrats on Saturday to work to re-elect Sen. Kay Hagan, stumping for the incumbent in a race that will help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.
- Hillary Clinton stumps for Sen. Hagan in NC race CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Former Secretary of State of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is urging North Carolina Democrats to re-elect Sen. Kay Hagan in a race that will help decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.
- Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.
- Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.
- North Carolina's state of political hate North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.
- Egypt president says suicide bomber had outside support
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said a suicide bombing, by a suspected jihadist, which killed 30 soldiers in the Sinai peninsula was carried out with "external support". Egypt imposed a state of emergency across parts of Sinai as the military pounded suspected jihadists after Friday's suicide car bombing. The suicide attack was the deadliest on Egyptian security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last year, to the fury of his supporters. The state of emergency in the north and centre of the Sinai will remain in place for three months, the president's office said.
- War-scarred Ukraine votes for pro-Western future
War-weary Ukrainians vote Sunday for a powerful new parliament in which a likely alliance of pro-Western and nationalist forces will confirm the ex-Soviet country's historic but bloody break from Russia's domain. The snap general election is also expected to reveal the level of trust in President Petro Poroshenko's bid to hold on to the separatist east through talks with pro-Russian rebels and their alleged puppet masters in the Kremlin. Three days of carnage in Kiev that claimed the lives of more than 100 demonstrators in February were followed by the flight to Russia of Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych and the start of the most intense East-West standoff since the Cold War. May presidential election victor Poroshenko -- an affable chocolate baron who sees Ukraine's European future guaranteed by a US security pledge -- then called an early parliamentary vote to sweep out the last remnants of the old regime.
- Brazil set to vote after bruising campaign
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - After the most contentious election race since the end of military rule in 1985, Brazilians will Sunday choose their next president, weighing a decade of social progress against a yearning for economic revival.
- Republicans poised to snatch US Senate in mid-terms
Republicans appear increasingly likely to win back the US Senate in November 4 mid-term elections, a move that would heap misery on President Barack Obama in his final two years in office. The more conservative of the main American parties already controls the House of Representatives, and no one seriously predicts Democrats will retake it this year. Republicans are capitalizing on stubbornly persistent frustration with Obama and his policies, particularly in battleground states Democrats must successfully defend if they want to hold the Senate. Despite polls showing Democratic gains in some rollercoaster races, the math favors Republicans in their bid to win the six net seats they need to control the Senate.
- Spoiler alert: rogues could determine fate of US Senate
Independent or third-party politicians often roil American elections, and the current battle for Senate control could be determined by any of several unconventional candidates, including a pizza-delivering Libertarian in North Carolina. Half a dozen battleground states are at the heart of Republican efforts to win back the Senate, which President Barack Obama's Democrats are struggling to hold. GREG ORMAN: This independent received a dramatic boost in the Kansas Senate race when the Democrat suddenly dropped out, exposing veteran incumbent Republican Pat Roberts to the most unconventional Senate race of 2014.
- SpaceX returns to Earth loaded with lab results
SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday carrying a heavy load of NASA cargo and scientific samples from the International Space Station that experts hope could yield significant results. A boat was ferrying the spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where NASA said the haul of 1.5 tonnes of experiment results and other materials will be removed and returned to the space agency by late Monday for scientists to pick apart. The investigations in the cargo could help develop more efficient solar cells and semiconductor-based electronics, as well as grow plants better suited for space and improve sustainable agriculture, according to NASA. "This mission enabled research critical to achieving NASA's goal of long-duration human spaceflight in deep space," said Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station division at NASA headquarters.
- Sudan president says country's regional isolation ending
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed Saturday to end the sanctions-hit country's isolation, saying recent visits to regional powers Egypt and Saudi Arabia proved that ties were improving, an AFP correspondent said. Bashir, 70, who is wanted in the international court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, seized power in a coup 25 years ago. "We promise you that Sudan will not be isolated, and our visit to Saudi Arabia removed doubts that our trip to Egypt had returned matters to normal," he said at the closing of the ruling National Congress Party's conference.
- Key Gbagbo ally arrested in Ivory Coast
A former defence minister and key ally of ex-Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has been arrested in Abidjan, his lawyer said Saturday. Moise Lida Kouassi, an official of the opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) party, was detained on Thursday evening, his lawyer Felix Bobre told AFP. The authorities did not reply to requests for information about the arrest, according to the lawyer and a member of Kouassi's family. The lawyer said it was rumoured that Kouassi was being held for a breach of state security.
- Hackers target Ukraine's election website
Hackers attacked Ukraine's election commission website Saturday on the eve of parliamentary polls, officials said, but they denied Russian reports that the vote counting system itself had been put out of action. "There is a DDoS attack on the commission's site," the government information security service said on its Facebook page. Separately, a report on Russia's state news agency RIA Novosti quoted a statement on the personal website of the Ukrainian prosecutor general saying that the electronic vote counting system was out of order. Ukraine's commission spokesman, Kostyantyn Khivrenko, called the RIA Novosti report a "fake".
- Morocco says to bolster security in the face of 'threats'
Morocco, which has frequently reported the arrest of jihadists and is concerned over the number of its citizens fighting in Syria and Iraq, announced Saturday plans to bolster its security. Interior Minister Mohamed Hassad said new measures will be deployed progressively to "confront the different threats facing the kingdom," according to his office. Hassad did not identify those threats, but said the measures would cover "vulnerable" locations across the North African country and involve the army, police and other security forces. In mid-October authorities announced the arrest of a Moroccan man, with his two young French daughters in tow, as he sought to join up with the Islamic State group that has seized swathes of Syria and Iraq.
- Lebanon troops, Islamists clash in historic Tripoli market
Lebanese troops fought a fierce and deadly battle Saturday with Islamist gunmen in the historic market of second city Tripoli, in clashes that devastated parts of the popular tourist site. It was the first time since the civil war in neighbouring Syria erupted in 2011 that violence had spread to the market in the northern city's historical centre, which is on the shortlist for selection as a UNESCO world heritage site. A security official said a civilian caught in the crossfire and a gunman were killed, while nine soldiers, eight civilians and six militants were wounded. The fighting broke out late Friday after gunmen attacked an army patrol in the Khan al-Askar area, near the heart of the coastal city, wounding four soldiers, a security official said.
- Three Turkish soldiers shot dead in 'terrorist' attack
Masked gunmen on Saturday shot dead three Turkish soldiers in the restive Kurdish-majority southeast of the country, the army said, blaming separatist "terrorists" for an attack that threatens to undermine a fragile peace process. The three soldiers were shot dead while off duty and walking on the street in the town of Yuksekova in Hakkari province of Turkey's extreme southeast bordering Iraq and Iran. The attackers escaped but a security operation was underway to apprehend them, the official Anatolia agency said. Some 40,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the three-decade-long insurgency waged by the outlawed PKK for Kurdish self-rule and greater rights in Turkey's southeast.
- Clashes in Jerusalem but flashpoint Palestinian funeral delayed
Israeli police clashed with Palestinians across east Jerusalem Saturday ahead of a potentially explosive funeral that was delayed for a day and tight security conditions imposed. Relatives of Abdelrahman Shaludi, the Palestinian driver who ploughed into a Jerusalem crowd on Wednesday, killing an Israeli baby, were told to be ready to bury him Sunday night, their lawyer said. The internment, near Jerusalem's Old City walls, will take place at 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) and must be finished by midnight, only 20 mourners will be permitted to attend and they will have to submit their names to police in advance, attorney Mohammed Mahmud said in a statement. Police branded as a "terror attack" the incident Wednesday in which Shaludi, 21, from east Jerusalem's flashpoint Silwan neighbourhood drove at high speed into a crowd of Israelis.
- Russia turns back clocks to permanent Winter Time
Russia on Sunday is set to turn back its clocks to winter time permanently in a move backed by President Vladimir Putin, reversing a three-year experiment with non-stop summer time that proved highly unpopular. Russia will also tinker with its time zones in order to revert to the full 11 zones from Kamchatka in the Pacific to Kaliningrad on the borders of the European Union -- reduced to nine by previous president Dmitry Medvedev. In one of his highest-profile reforms, Medvedev had backed Russia's move to permanent Summer Time (Greenwich Mean Time plus four hours) in 2011 on the basis that changing clocks upset people's biorhythms and made for "unhappy cows". Moskovsky Komsomolets daily ran a cartoon of man hanging himself on the hands of a clock, saying: "I'm so sick of you changing all the time."
- Iran rules out 'backward steps' on nuclear programme
Iran will not accept any "backward steps" on its nuclear programme, specifically on the enrichment of uranium, a top official said Saturday, dismissing US calls for more curbs. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, a member of Iran's nuclear talks team, was responding to comments by the lead US negotiator Wendy Sherman who called on Iran to "finish the job". Sherman's remarks came in a speech given Thursday at a Washington think-tank where she cited the "size and scope" of Iran's enrichment as a barrier to a deal.
- Anger mounts in Hungary over internet tax
A proposed Hungarian tax on internet usage has sparked new accusations of an anti-democratic crackdown in the EU member as tens of thousands are expected to march against the measure Sunday. Economy Minister Mihaly Varga said Tuesday that the tax -- 150 forints (0.50 euros, $0.61) on each transferred gigabyte of data -- was needed to plug holes in the 2015 budget of one of the EU's most indebted nations. He also said the tax was fair as it reflected a shift by consumers to the internet away from phone lines. The idea has triggered alarm, including from Nellie Kroes, the EU's digital chief, who tweeted that the tax was "a shame for users and a shame for the Hungarian government".
- US to recognize gay marriage in another six states
The US government announced Saturday it would recognize same sex marriages in six more states, following an earlier Supreme Court decision not to take up the debate. The announcement from Attorney General Eric Holder means gay and lesbian married couples in those states will have the same legal rights and federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Holder's announcement "brings the total number of states where same sex couples are recognized by the federal government to 32, plus the District of Columbia," the Justice Department said. Court battles over gay marriage bans in those states are ongoing.
- Kerry urges Moscow to implement Ukraine peace deal
US Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Moscow to fully implement last month's ceasefire agreement on Ukraine, the State Department said in a statement Saturday. The peace deal reached last month in the Belarussian capital Minsk between Kiev, Moscow and the pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine includes monitoring and verification by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on both sides of the border. In a phone call, "Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Lavrov discussed the situation in Ukraine and Secretary Kerry emphasized the need for Russia to implement all 12 points in the September 5th Minsk Agreement," the statement said of Friday's conversation.
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