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What Will Be The Message This Election Day?

The big news is expected to be from the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. Other races to watch include mayoral contests in New York, Boston, Detroit and Minneapolis. Also, many states and localities have ballot initiatives — including whether the Astrodome should be torn down.
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Pot And Beer On State Ballots This Election Day

Having legalized marijuana, Colorado votes whether to impose a 25 percent tax. Portland, Maine, will decide whether to legalize pot. And Hyde Park, Utah, voters will decide whether to allow beer sales.
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On The Ballot Tuesday: Marijuana, Gambling, GMOs And More

There's plenty of action to be found on statewide ballots this election season. Colorado voters must decide whether to raise income taxes to provide more funding for public schools, and how much to tax marijuana sales. In Washington state, a fight over labeling genetically modified foods is drenched in cash.
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Gunman Found Dead At N.J. Mall; No One Believed Hurt

Witnesses said they heard what sounded like gunshots inside the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall around 9:30 p.m. ET Monday. Hundreds of police officers responded as shoppers and mall employees took shelter. Around 3:20 a.m. ET Tuesday, the suspected gunman's body was found. No one was injured.
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From Social Welfare Groups, A River Of Political Influence

The reversal of a conservation law court decision to protect Michigan's Au Sable River is an unintended outcome from large donations by anonymous funders funneled through tax-exempt organizations. Known as 501(c)(4)s, these groups are becoming a vehicle of choice for big donors to hide large political donations.
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Insurance Firms Forced To Cancel Many Individual Policies

More than 12 million Americans buy health insurance on their own, and many are getting cancellation notices because their individual coverage does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. This is causing anxiety and anger — especially since most of these people can't get onto the healthcare.gov website to figure out their options for 2014.
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Sacramento Kings Look To India To Attract New NBA Fans

Last year, Sacramento Kings fans were saying goodbye, expecting the NBA team to move to Seattle. But new ownership came together just in time, and the Kings stayed put. The new management plans to build the Kings into a contender, and a big part of that blueprint involves building up a fan base in — believe it or not — India.
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Johnson & Johnson Settles Marketing Charges

Johnson & Johnson became the latest drugmaker to reach a costly agreement with the federal government over charges of improper marketing. The widely anticipated settlement, unveiled Monday, covers Natrecor, a drug for congestive heart failure, and antipsychotics Risperdal and Invega.
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Races For Governors, Mayors Highlight Election Day

It's Election Day for many communities across the country. Renee Montagne talks to NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, who rounds up the election prospects. Two states will choose governors, several cities will elect mayors, and in many regions, ballot initiatives will determine how communities function.
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Senate Advances Employment Non-Discrimination Act

With a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to move forward on legislation that would prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Monday's vote opens the floor to debate on the bill and the Senate is expected to schedule a full vote by week's end.

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