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Crist sees slight lead over Scott in Florida race for governor: poll 9:49am EDT

TALLAHASSEE Fla. - Former Governor Charlie Crist holds a large edge among independent voters, giving him a narrow lead over incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott in their bid for the nation's largest swing state, a statewide poll on Thursday showed.

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Washington state support for gun control measure strong before vote

SEATTLE - A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.

29 Oct 2014

Democratic Senator Begich touts Alaska bona fides to lure independents

JUNEAU - In family video footage recorded in 1970, a young Senator Mark Begich is seen in a bucolic park catching a ball thrown by his father, a U.S. Congressman from Alaska who died just two years later in a small plane crash en route to Juneau.

29 Oct 2014
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U.S. investigator of Colombia scandal quits over prostitution case: NYT

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official who ran an investigation of a prostitution scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia in 2012 resigned after he was suspected of visiting a prostitute in Florida, the New York Times reported.

U.S. 29 Oct 2014
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Why U.S. green groups are talking about abortion this election

DENVER - Green billionaire Tom Steyer vowed to make the November congressional elections about climate change. Now he's talking about abortion and the economy to get his candidates across the finish line. | Video

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Costly U.S. nuclear arms revamp, tight cash call for tough choices

KINGS BAY Ga. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel grabbed a ladder extending through the sleek black hull of the USS Tennessee at a Navy submarine base here and disappeared down the hatch for a close look at one of the Pentagon's most daunting budget issues.

U.S., 29 Oct 2014