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Former ‘American Idol’ Aiken loses bid for Congress

The former "Idol" runner-up was up against incumbent Republican Renee Ellmers in the state's 2nd District.

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Voters give nod to legal pot in Oregon, Alaska, D.C.

The key victories could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

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Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize Senate

Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Republicans expect gains, many races remain tight

The midterm elections could serve as a public referendum on President Barack Obama's job performance.

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Ford issues 5 recalls covering 202K vehicles

Ford is recalling several models to fix gas leaks, air bag sensors, stalling, and other issues.

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U.S. home prices cooling

Home prices are rising at an ever-slowing pace.

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Americans back quarantine for returning Ebola workers

Nearly 75 percent believe medics returning to the U.S. after treating people with Ebola should be quarantined.

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World Trade Center, tallest building in U.S., open for business

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attack, the resurrected World Trade Center is back in business today.

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Republicans poised to ride Obama’s unpopularity

Republicans could win control of the U.S. Senate in midterm elections heavily influenced by deep voter dissatisfaction.

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Oregon ‘right to die’ advocate ends her life

A 29-year-old woman suffering from brain cancer who became an advocate for doctor-assisted suicide has died.

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Student debt burden falling more on top earners

Student loan balances have quadrupled since 2004, prompting fears the borrowing could crimp consumer spending,

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Holiday shoppers, start your engines

The holiday shopping season is here and retailers aren't wasting any time.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during test flight

A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has crashed.

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Making headlines this week

A look back on some of the biggest newsmakers this week.

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Walmart ups ante on holiday shopping

Starting Saturday, Walmart will do whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy.

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Gas drops below $3 for first time in 4 years

Prices at the pump are plunging, thanks mainly to falling oil prices.

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U.S. consumers are feeling good

Consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years.

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Congress to revisit ISIS war debate after election

Lawmakers will resume a debate on the U.S.-led fight against militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Suspect in Pa. police ambush captured after 7-week manhunt

The survivalist suspected of killing a state trooper in a sniper attack in September was finally arrested.

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Insurers have big plans for 2015 Obamacare enrollment

Insurers planning to sell health plans through the federal program expect at least 20 percent growth in customers.

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