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October 25, 2012

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CLINTON — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

1. ROMNEY ERASES OBAMA'S ADVANTAGE AMONG WOMEN

An AP-GfK poll finds that the GOP candidate pulled even with the president among women voters, after lagging by 16 points a month ago. And the president, in turn, has largely eliminated Romney's edge among men.

2. HOW THE DEBATES IGNORED SOME HIGH-PROFILE ISSUES

Activists on both sides are upset that Obama and Romney didn't discuss key topics such as foreclosures, gay marriage and climate change.

3. RAPE REMARKS THROW CONTENTIOUS ISSUE BACK IN CAMPAIGN

Romney backs Indiana Senate hopeful Mourdock as Obama campaign plans to continue criticizing rape pregnancies statement.

4. THIS TIME, IT'S PERSONAL

CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford a flop when Microsoft unveils Windows 8, a pivotal overhaul of its operating system.

5. SUPER STORM THREATENS EAST COAST

A hybrid of Hurricane Sandy and a winter storm could sweep across the East Coast with gale-force winds, heavy rain and possibly snow next week.

6. WHAT SHIITE IRAQIS FEAR

Concerns rise over the Muslim sect's followers and its holy sites in Syria as ultraconservative Sunnis' influence increases.

7. TERMINALLY ILL WWII VETERAN DIES AFTER CASTING LAST BALLOT

The 93-year-old's determination to vote inspired thousands as a photo of him filling his ballot went viral.

8. SIOUX FALLS BRACES FOR MCGOVERN SERVICES

Vice President Biden will be among hundreds honoring the former presidential candidate in his home city.

9. WHY THAIS ARE FLOCKING TO ILLEGAL COSMETIC SURGERY CLINICS

Cheap injections carry the promise of a new face and a better life. They also sometimes come at a hefty health cost.

10. BASEBALL HAS NEW MR. OCTOBER

Pablo Sandoval hits three home runs and joins Jackson, Ruth and Pujols as the only players to do it in the World Series in the Giants' 8-3 win over Tigers.

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    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

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  • Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

    April 18, 2014

  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 17, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

    April 17, 2014

  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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