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

Pot advocates look to young voters to help make Oregon, Alaska latest states to legalize weed
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....

Maine, Kansas independents could swing Senate control to either party under some scenarios
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's next campaign stop? Maine for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud
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 unpopularity in some states....

Voter initiatives across America deciding on spending billions for land and water 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....

Pot advocates look to young voters to help make Oregon, Alaska latest states to legalize weed
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....

Ebola spurs debate on quarantines; experts say they are used rarely, question their efficacy
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 districts win greater share of transportation grants despite GOP's House majority
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 34 more House districts across the country, an Associated Press analysis has found....

Government: Gerber makes misleading claim that Good Start Gentle formula prevents allergies
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle formula can prevent or reduce allergies in children....

Blue states no longer so friendly for Dems as election nears; rush is on to save 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....

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Obama's next campaign stop? Maine for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud

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Thomas Menino, affable yet shrewd as Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

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Spokeswoman: Thomas Menino, affable yet shrewd as Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

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Blue states no longer so friendly for Dems as election nears; rush is on to save incumbents

Independent candidate Cutler says he's staying in Maine governor's race despite pressure


 
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