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GOP claims Senate; extends majority in House

Republicans claimed a commanding majority in the House on Tuesday, pushing their dominance to near-historic levels as they dispatched the last white Democrats in the South and made inroads in Democratic strongholds nationwide.

Nevada joins the big red wave

In a stunning election, Nevada Republicans swept top state offices Tuesday and ousted U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., as they took control of the state Senate and the Assembly in a low-turnout election marked by greater GOP enthusiasm and Democratic disaffection.

Sixth person dies from Maine fire

A hospital spokeswoman says a man has died from injuries suffered during a weekend Portland house fire, bringing total deaths to six.

Man sought in Philadelphia abduction shown in store video

Relatives of a woman violently abducted from a Philadelphia street pleaded for her safe return Tuesday as police sought the public’s help in tracking down the man seen in photographs using the woman’s bank card and in video walking through a Maryland store.

Polls quiet as Election Day turnout lags

It’s been a mostly quiet Election Day across Clark County. More than 34,000 registered voters had cast a ballot by 10:30 a.m., right about in line with the lackluster mid-morning voter tallies seen in past midterm elections.

Fugitive Mexico mayor may be mastermind of mass abductions, killings

Mexican police on Tuesday captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife suspected of being the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 student teachers feared massacred in September, officials said.

Calif. driver charged in fatal Halloween hit-and-run

Prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against a driver accused of fleeing in his SUV after fatally striking three Southern California teenage girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween.

Vikings’ Peterson avoids jail time in plea agreement

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson avoided jail time on Tuesday in a plea agreement reached with prosecutors to resolve his child abuse case.

Ore. mom charged after throwing son from bridge

A woman who appealed for money online to help care for her autistic son and disabled husband has been accused of throwing her 6-year-old boy to his death off an historic bridge on the Oregon coast.