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AP Top Political News At 4:24 a.m. EDT

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
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
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....

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....

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
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....

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....

Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wearing a lapel camera and posing as an Internet repairman, an undercover government agent walked into a luxury villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and recorded everything he saw as part of a major international gambling bust....

Group exposes voting histories of Alaska residents
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Scores of Alaskans have complained about receiving emails and letters to find their voting histories and those of their acquaintances sent by an elusive group calling itself the Alaska State Voter Program....

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For-profit colleges face 'gainful employment' rule

Elaborate FBI repairman ruse shown in videos

Democratic areas win more transportation grants

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Quarantines rarely used, effectiveness questioned

Obama to rally for Maine gubernatorial candidate

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