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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has won Minnesota, maintaining the state's long streak of supporting Democrats for president even after Republicans made a last-minute play for the state. Democrats have taken Minnesota in every presidential election since 1976. Republicans made Minnesota a battleground in the past few cycles but had largely bypassed it this year until a recent poll showed Mitt Romney closing the gap.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through, with 4 in 10 saying the nation's economy is getting better. There was wide agreement that the economy still has far to go — three-fourths of voters said it was poor or not so good, according to preliminary results of exit polls. Only a fourth thought they were better off financially than four years ago when President Barack Obama was elected.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A parolee who worked at a California chicken processing plant opened fire at the business on Tuesday, killing one person and wounding three others, before shooting himself, police said. Police said they didn't know what prompted the attack by Lawrence Jones, 42, midway through his shift at Apple Valley Farms, although other workers told police he did not appear to be himself when he arrived at the plant for work.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis says voting machines in a small number of its precincts are experiencing mechanical issues. City Clerk Casey Carl says the issue is affecting about 10 of the city's 117 precincts. Voters are still being allowed to turn in their ballots, which are being kept in the election machines’ auxiliary compartments until they can be counted. Carl says every ballot will be counted.
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says its national "Day of Giving" raised nearly $17 million for Superstorm Sandy relief. Throughout its programming Monday, the network urged viewers to contribute to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storm, which affected several Northeastern states, but hit New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area particularly hard. Appeals were aired all day on ABC programming, on Disney's syndicated shows and across other Disney-owned networks.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A police officer and the boyfriend of a teenage girl struck and killed in St. Paul say the accused driver tried to flee from the scene, but couldn't because his vehicle was so badly damaged. Fifty-one-year-old Carlos Colorado is charged in Ramsey County District Court with criminal vehicular homicide. He's accused of killing 16-year-old Clarisse Grime as she sat on a grassy embankment waiting for a bus with her boyfriend last July.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials have confirmed another case of fungal meningitis in a national outbreak linked to steroid shots for back pain made by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts. That brings the number of Minnesota cases to 11. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 419 cases of meningitis illness linked to contaminated steroid shots distributed by New England Compounding Center. Thirty people have died as a result of the outbreak. The medication was recalled in late September.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two fierce competitors who've given their all, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney now yield center stage to voters Tuesday for an Election Day choice that will frame the contours of government and the nation for years to come.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo police say an ex-girlfriend of O.J. Simpson has been arrested on a robbery charge. Lt. Joel Vettel tells The Forum that officers were called to the West Acres Shopping Center Saturday night and found mall security officers holding two women.
WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and his administration have declared open season on video games. One of the big messages at the 10th annual Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener in Winona on the opening weekend of the firearms deer season was the need to get kids away from their Xboxes and into the outdoors. At a luncheon Friday, Dayton said, “Youth are the future of deer hunting and the future of Minnesota.”