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CNN: A tie for Obama and Romney in nation's first results
The first presidential election results are in – and it's a tie. President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960 – but today's tie was the first in its history.
CNN: Ohio secretary of state defends election decisions
As the eyes of the nation look at Ohio, the state's chief elections official is defending some of his decisions, which have been met with criticism. One of the moves Jon Husted made was to send all 7 million registered voters in the state an application for an absentee ballot instead of waiting for those who wanted one to ask.
CNN: Obama, Romney seek to score in football interviews
With their campaigns in the fourth quarter, football fans around the country turned on their sets Monday to see the Eagles, the Saints and the candidates.
But these weren't last-minute ads as both campaigns watch the clock tick down: President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney fielded questions in interviews during “Monday Night Football.”
CNN: Microtargeting: How campaigns know you better than you know yourself
Political ads on the airwaves have been so pervasive this year that voters in battleground states probably see them in their sleep. But when a political spot pops up while surfing the Web, there's a good chance it's aimed right at you. The practice is called microtargeting and like a lot of marketing techniques on the Internet aimed at identifying consumer tastes and behaviors, it is an information-age approach that is helping change how political groups identify and interact with voters.
CNN: New Jersey lets Sandy victims vote via e-mail
New Jersey residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy will be allowed to vote in Tuesday's elections via e-mail or fax, the first time civilians in the state have been allowed to vote remotely. Despite some security concerns, the state announced the change to make it easier for voters who may have been forced by flooding, power outages or other storm damage to temporarily leave their communities. The directive also is intended to help emergency workers who are busy with disaster-relief efforts away from home.
CNN: More health woes for some meningitis patients
Some patients who developed fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy are experiencing more health woes, officials said. Patients are not only developing meningitis, inflammation of the thin tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord; some are also developing an epidural abscess, which is a collection of pus between the outer covering of the brain and spinal cord and the bones of the skull or spine.
CNN: A memorial for Crazy Horse 64 years in the making ... so far
Lakota warrior Crazy Horse has long been a controversial figure, so perhaps it's apropos that his memorial follow suit. But forget his disputed role in the Battle of the Little Bighorn or the claims that he's never been photographed or the conflicting tales of how he met his end - the real mystery is more contemporary: When is the sculpture in his honor going to be complete?
CNN: Why Tuesday, why November, why elephants? Election riddles solved
The finish line is almost here. Americans have weighed a plethora of questions in choosing their presidential candidate. But amid the quadrennial explosion of political ads, bumper stickers and debates, some questions still baffle: Why is the Republican mascot an elephant? Why are Democrats linked to the color blue? And what happens if the candidates tie? Below, a voter's guide to those perpetually confounding questions:
CNN: Amnesty: Malawi suspends anti-gay laws
Malawi is shelving its laws against homosexuality pending a vote on whether to repeal them, a rights group said, a bold move in a continent that mostly criminalizes such relationships.
CNN: Israeli think tank simulates aftermath of 'successful' strike on Iran nuke facilities
An Israeli think tank with close links to the government has simulated what would happen in the Mideast and internationally if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear facilities - and concluded that reaction would be "in the direction of containment and restraint," not the trigger for a larger war.
CNN: Greek strike shuts down country ahead of cliffhanger austerity vote
The nation of Greece comes to a screeching halt again for two days starting Tuesday. Unions have called for a 48-hour general strike ahead of an anticipated vote by the Greek government on yet another round of austerity measures late Wednesday night. Protesters will march on the parliament in central Athens on both days. Greek media are expecting the vote to be a cliffhanger with narrow passage by just a handful of votes.
CNN: 50 Syrian soldiers killed in suicide bombing, opposition says
Scores of people were killed in violence across Syria on Monday, opposition activists said, while Russia insisted a political solution was the only answer to end the bloodshed. Here are fresh developments in Syria's bloody civil war.
CNNMoney: Who will take over the Treasury?
No matter who wins the presidency Tuesday, the United States will have a new Treasury Secretary. Tim Geithner, the last holdover from President Obama's original economic team, has indicated he's ready to go. If Obama wins, Geithner is expected to resign soon after, but Treasury officials are mum on the details.
CNNMoney: New York investigates price gouging post-Sandy
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Monday that he was investigating reports of price gouging in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Schneiderman said he had received "hundreds" of complaints from consumers who claim merchants have hiked prices on essential goods since the hurricane hit last week. Under New York law, it's illegal for merchants to sell products at "unconscionably excessive" prices during "an abnormal disruption of the market."
CNNMoney: Mortgage relief coming for disaster victims
Relief is coming to homeowners hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, as government agencies and major lenders roll out plans to offer them breaks on mortgage payments and other types of financial assistance. Earlier this week, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae told the companies that service their loans that they can offer assistance to borrowers whose homes were damaged, or who lost income as a result of the storm.
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