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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is getting a fresh burst of attention in the presidential race after months of being taken for granted as a Democratic lock. Partisans on both sides are escalating efforts to turn out voters, making hundreds of thousands of calls and leaving glossy reminders of their candidates on doorknobs. Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama are both sending top surrogates — Romney running mate Paul Ryan and former President Bill Clinton — to the state this weekend.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon has been canceled. His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race. With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Organizers have announced the date of a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone and others killed in a plane crash 10 years ago. Wellstone Action and Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken will host the event Nov. 28 at the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Wellstone, his wife Sheila, their daughter, Marcia Wellstone Markuson, three campaign staffers and two pilots were killed Oct. 25, 2002, when their plane crashed in northern Minnesota.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a complaint against Minnesota's top election official by Republican lawmakers who accused him of misleading voters over a proposed voter ID requirement. GOP Sens. Scott Newman of Hutchinson and Mike Parry of Waseca accused Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie of making false statements about the costs and effects of the proposal. Parry and Newman sponsored the photo ID constitutional amendment that appears on Tuesday's ballot. Ritchie, a Democrat, opposes photo ID.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota enters a new era Saturday when it opens its first managed wolf hunting season. The region's wolves came off the endangered list last January, and Minnesota has set a quota of 400 wolves for the season, which includes an early hunting-only season that opens Saturday and a hunting-and-trapping season opening Nov. 24. Dan Stark a wolf specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, says he expects hunters will take about 70 wolves in the early season.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans cleaned the bones of dead relatives and decorated their graves with flowers and candy skulls. In Haiti, voodoo practitioners circled an iron cross at a cemetery and poured moonshine to honor their ancestors. Some Guatemalans held a wild race of horses to remember the dead.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney each got new evidence to bolster his closing argument Friday from an economic report showing more job creation and an uptick in unemployment. With that final snapshot of the nation's economy before Election Day in hand, both candidates were plunging into a hectic pace of campaigning. Obama was eager to fend off Romney in the key battleground of Ohio even as Romney pushed to expand the contest to other states, most notably Pennsylvania, to secure the 270 electoral votes needed to win.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added 171,000 jobs in October, and hiring was stronger in August and September than first thought. The solid job growth showed that the economy is strengthening slowly but consistently. The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in September. That was mainly because many more people began looking for work, and not all of them found jobs. The government uses a separate survey to calculate the unemployment rate, and it counts people without jobs as unemployed only if they're looking for one.
NEW YORK (AP) — Motorists increasingly desperate for a fill-up fumed in long lines at gas stations and screamed at each other Friday as fuel shortages in Superstorm Sandy's wake spread across the metropolitan area. Meanwhile, a backlash appeared to be building against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to hold the New York City Marathon on Sunday as scheduled, with some New Yorkers complaining that going ahead with the 26.2-mile race would be insensitive and divert city resources at a time when many are suffering.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dives back into campaigning after three days immersed in managing the federal response to the storm that battered the East Coast. The contours of the presidential race remain much the same, with Obama and Republican Mitt Romney locked in a tight contest and both campaigns predicting victory. The president's advisers insist his break from campaigning had minimal impact on his standing. If anything, it gave Obama a chance to offer the type of comfort and command in a crisis that only a president can deliver.