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Alan Grayson to rejoin U.S. House

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) will return to Congress after defeating Republican candidate Todd Long. “I’m going to do my best when it comes to jobs, when it comes to housing, when it comes to education [and] when it comes to human needs,” Grayson told his supporters, according to the…

Looking old linked to higher risk of heart attack

If you look old, you might be at higher risk of heart trouble. People with several visible signs of aging such as hair loss and fatty deposits around the eyes have a higher risk of developing heart problems than those of the same age who look younger, according to a…

Europe and Asia leaders praise Australia PM for sexism speech

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Wednesday that world leaders congratulated her at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Laos on her now famous misogyny speech, which went viral on the Internet. Gillard, the nation’s first woman leader, made an aggressive speech in parliament last month accusing opposition leader Tony Abbott of…

Romney, Obama get first wins in safe states

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney picked up his first wins in two safe states on Tuesday while President Barack Obama won Vermont as expected, US television networks reported. Romney won in Indiana and Kentucky, two states traditionally in the Republican column, and Obama prevailed in left-leaning Vermont, according to…

Romney predicts victory, turns introspective

ABOARD ROMNEY’S CAMPAIGN PLANE — Mitt Romney said Tuesday he is intellectually and emotionally convinced he will win the White House, and has penned an 1,118-word victory speech he hopes to unveil on election night. Sharing the confidence that his campaign team has publicly exuded for weeks, despite polls showing…

Vote glitch reports pile up in 2012 election

WASHINGTON — Voting went smoothly in Tuesday’s US elections, except when it didn’t. Some computer problems, as well as human ones, drew complaints across the country as millions of Americans went to the polls. One Pennsylvania voter highlighted a problem with voting machines on YouTube, complete with video, in which…

New storm prompts airline to cancel flights to, from New York

NEW YORK — United Airlines announced Tuesday it would suspend flights to and from the New York City area due to the arrival of a new storm to a region still recovering from superstorm Sandy. The decision affects three major New York regional airports — JFK, La Guardia and Newark…

Obama, Romney use social media for final vote push

WASHINGTON — As the US presidential election neared a nail-biting close Tuesday, both candidates took to Twitter, Facebook and Reddit to make a final plea for votes, capping a huge social media push to the polls. Americans flocked to social networks all day to post photographic proof they had cast…

Microsoft announces it will replace Messenger with Skype

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that recently-acquired Skype will replace its Messenger online chat service. “Skype and Messenger are coming together,” Skype said in a post at its website. “By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.” The transition began a few weeks ago…

New York officials call for coastal evacuation as nor’easter approaches

New storm expected to bring fresh flooding and snow to region that is still recovering from superstorm Sandy New York officials are encouraging a partial evacuation of low-lying coastal regions on Tuesday, ahead of a nor’easter that is expected to bring fresh flooding and snow to a region that is still…

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