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President Obama campaigns in Mentor, Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Dubuque, Iowa and Bristow, Virginia.
Rob Seyler is "radical" for Jesus. He's also a political rebel. The registered Republican is finding it hard to vote along party lines this time because the candidate is Mormon. On Election Day, he might just stay home.
With the increased use by the military and U.S. citizens abroad, we look at the security risks of voting via the Internet.
In an era when shadowy hackers can snatch secret government files and humble big businesses with seeming ease, it's an unavoidable question as Election Day approaches. When we go to the polls, could our very votes be at risk? According to voting-security experts, the answer can be boiled down to a bit of campaign-speak: There are reasons for concern and there's work to be done but, by and large, we're better off now than we were four, or more, years ago.
Should Mitt Romney win the presidency next Tuesday, it will mark an historic first: a Mormon couple moving into the White House. What would this mean and look like? Would there be "dry" state dinners, since faithful Mormons don't do alcohol? Would Secret Service tag along to sacred ceremonies only open to worthy church members? What book would a President Romney use to take his oath of office? We can't be absolutely sure about the answers. But if the practices and homes of devout Mormons like the Romneys -- not to mention his history as governor of Massachusetts -- are any indication, we can at least paint a picture of what a Romney-inhabited White House might look like.
Crippled NY subways spark infrastructure, climate questions.
Continuing coverage of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Pastor Mark Schloneger, organizer of a national campaign for Christians to visit church on Election Day, says that as the world turns its attention to who will occupy the most powerful office of the world's most powerful nation, hundreds of churches will gather across the United States to worship a servant.
POL-Paranoid Style Politics Hofstadter
Ever have the feeling you're being lied to by the news media, the authorities, the corporate world? That somebody -- or something -- is out to get you? It's pretty common - and it hurts society.
In a late campaign push to change the battleground map, Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania on Sunday in the hopes of capturing the traditionally Democratic-leaning state. A Romney campaign official confirmed to CNN the GOP nominee will stop in the Philadelphia area Sunday afternoon.
For President Obama and Gov. Romney, the 2012 presidential campaign will likely be the last one they each will run. We look back at the joys, the struggles, the successes and the toll the past two years has taken on both men and their families.
How the campaigns have tracked you down, what they know about you.
Christal Presley grew up in tiny Honaker, Virginia, with a father who returned traumatized by Vietnam. He, in turn, traumatized her by vacillating between depression, silence and sheer rage. She grew always thought her father didn't love her and didn't speak to him for many years after she left home. She tried to find inner peace in other ways but knew that one day she would have to speak frankly with her father about Vietnam. Finally, she did, and the result of those difficult conversations turned into a book she hopes will be healing to veterans and a new generation of children of parents who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Continuing coverage of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
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Roots ripped out of the ground as a large oak tree fell toward Olga Raymond's front door. With it came a power line. Raymond had just left her one-story home in Mansfield, Connecticut. Neighbors told CNN affiliate CTNOW that a smaller pine tree had already snapped off onto Raymond's roof, startling her. She had a flashlight in hand and was on her way to a neighbor's house when the bigger tree crashed down. The 90-year-old woman -- a "spirited" bowler and grandmother of four -- was killed instantly. Across the Northeast, more stories such as Raymond's are being reported. Another tree, another town, another broken home.
Seven years after a disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is winning praise for how it's dealing with Superstorm Sandy. "This is the all-new FEMA, and the leadership is very, very good, very focused," said Dr. Irwin Redlener, a pediatrician and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. "They're doing an excellent job." Score one for FEMA's attempts to come back from its infamous failure after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
We should not be surprised. That's the view of many climate scientists as they survey the destruction wrought by the superstorm that ravaged the Northeast this week. The melting of Arctic ice, rising sea levels, the warming atmosphere and changes to weather patterns are a potent combination likely to produce storms and tidal surges of unprecedented intensity, according to many experts.
Claudene Christian dreamed of living a seafaring life like the historic HMS Bounty naval officer who shared her name centuries ago. She'd secured a spot as a crew member on a replica of the Bounty and had announced it proudly on her Facebook page. But less than six months after joining the ship, her dream was cut short.
Damon-Syria-Amputee (with art)
It was around 6:30 in the morning. The air was crisp, the farmers had just watered their fields -- corn perhaps, Omar doesn't entirely recall -- and the ground was muddy, slippery and uneven. There was a pack on his back, a bag slung over each shoulder, and cradled in his arms, the frail body of his 11-year-old brother Abdulrahman. Abdulrahman, the baby of the family, couldn't walk on his own. His left leg was blown off in late July. The last words of the driver who dropped them off echoed in Omar's mind: "You're on your own now."
As he strode on stage to accept the 1999 Rory Peck award for hard news journalism, Sorious Samura struggled to find the words that would fit the moment. He hadn't expected to win the prestigious prize and so hadn't prepared a speech. Looking out across audience, the pioneering video journalist made the snap decision to speak his mind rather than proffer faux gratification. "I stood there and thought of my people," he recalls, before asking, "Where were you when my people were killing, raping and maiming themselves?"
Angel Lau adjusts her iridescent blue goggles over her cherubic face, steps to the edge of the pool and dives in head first. The 7-year-old is one of the lucky ones: Her mother enrolled her in private swim lessons since the age of 3. Many other young Hong Kongers are on lengthy wait lists as demand for public swimming lessons outstrips supply in a city that's surrounded by coastline -- yet a majority of residents can't swim, according to local water safety experts.
Korean is considered one of the hardest languages in the world to master, but an elephant in a South Korean zoo is making a good start.
President Barack Obama's second term is on the line in Tuesday's election, but so is a key component of his signature health care reform law.
Washington gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna looks to help Republicans cross an important threshold while expanding their power at the top of state government nationally. McKenna is locked in a competitive race in a state that hasn't had a Republican governor in nearly 30 years. It's just one example of how the party is leveraging trends and strengthening its hand in a number of ways in state races across the country. If projections bear out and they grab four seats in addition to retaining the three they are defending, Republicans could hold the governorships of 30 states after Election Day, the most for them in nearly half a century.
POL-Senate-Races (with art)
Even before a second Republican Senate candidate tripped over incendiary comments about rape, GOP leaders in Washington knew that their once promising chances of winning control of the Senate had diminished.
There may be little drama left in the outcome, but you wouldn't know that by watching the final days of campaigning in the battle for the U.S. House. Democratic and Republican congressional campaign committees and outside groups for both parties are ramping up spending and committing tens of millions of dollars to those races.
The beauty of being a president and a candidate is that when a monster storm stalks up the East Coast, you can run over to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and be seen as a president on the job. Which also works if you are re-applying.
With polls showing the presidential race tightening Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania -- and Republicans signaling they think those three Democratic states could be in play -- whoever wins these states could come out on top by a close shave. And if GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney takes any of those states, a top adviser to President Barack Obama says shaving is just what he'll do.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, banks are offering short-term loans and emergency credit limit increases to many East coast residents. But before jumping on one of these offers, make sure you know what you're getting into.
The estimated loss to the nation's economy from Superstorm Sandy has climbed to as much as $50 billion, making it one of the nation's most costly disasters.
There are only so many disasters a business owner can prepare for, and Superstorm Sandy wasn't one of them.
Bill Clinton had a coach, Oprah Winfrey used one to help her get to the top of her career and, of course, top sports stars have them.
With all the talk about obesity in America, you might be surprised to know that most people are pretty good at losing weight. Weight loss programs have proven effective in helping people drop pounds. But keeping them off is another story. Studies have shown that overweight participants typically give up their newly learned health habits and regain 30 to 50% of the weight they lost within one year, even if they participate in a post-weight loss maintenance program.
For too many, the past few days have been some of the toughest in recent memory. We gasped at the approach of a monster storm, no less formidable because of its casual moniker. In the days leading up to its arrival, our friends and family in the East prepared as best as they could. Then they hunkered down as Sandy wreaked havoc in a crazed rumpus. Millions have begun to take the first steps on the road to recovery, daunting as it may be.
Spiderwebs may inspire better medical tape.
Small children can be particularly vulnerable when natural disasters strike. They may be unable to understand what turned their lives and those of their families upside down. They may be confused, angry, fearful or saddened -- and that may manifest itself in behavior such as bed-wetting, sleep problems and separation anxiety, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
You're at a big group dinner and it's time to pay up, to divide the total and multiply a certain percentage for the tip. How many people tense up and say something like, "Oh, I'm so bad at math"? Fear of math is everywhere - in the adult world where there aren't official pop quizzes, and in schools where the next generation of scientific problem-solvers are struggling with homework. Researchers report in a new study in the journal PLoS One that this anxiety about mathematics triggers the same brain activity that's linked with the physical sensation of pain.
TECH-Twitter-FDNY (with art)
As Hurricane Sandy swept through New York City and emergency crews scrambled to rescue victims, Emily Rahimi was responding to cries for help and offering words of comfort -- all in 140 characters or less.
Superstorm Sandy has been the year's second most-talked-about topic on Facebook, after the Super Bowl, according to data provided to CNN by the social network.
Move over Japan. Move over Silicon Valley. Africans are making a bid to turn the continent into the new home of mobile gaming.
Computers are evolving. We have voice-controlled assistants on our phones, telepresence robots for when we can't make it to a meeting in person, and self-driving cars that are headed to a road near you. These machines aren't just taking over human tasks. Computerized systems are also taking on more human characteristics. As technology gets more advanced, how will our relationships with it change?
Home to Africa's highest mountain and one of its most famous wildlife parks, Serengeti, Tanzania is one of the continent's most popular tourist destinations.
We don't mean to scare you... No wait, actually we do, but only for a little while, and we promise the payoff will be worth the effort. These spots offer spectacular sights and experiences to travelers who are willing to face down five common, and very real, fears.
Blaring ads, arguments with co-workers, family and (former) Facebook friends. The cold nip in the air is already driving you over the edge, but presidential elections really make you want to bury your head in the sand. No need to flee the country without voting. The State Department and the Federal Voting Assistance Program offer guidance for U.S. citizens. But if you don't want to hear any more about it after that, a warm weather getaway might be just the ticket. If the elections don't go your way, hold onto this list. These places are great ex-pat havens.
Andrew Avis, a construction safety consultant on vacation from the United Kingdom, has been stranded in New York since Saturday. He and his wife, Sandy, marked their 38th wedding anniversary on the Amtrak train from Orlando on Friday night - but were planning to splash out more lavishly when they arrived in New York, before traveling on to visit friends in Rhode Island. Instead, they found their train out of New York on Sunday was canceled and were forced to hole up in the city as it braced itself for the incoming storm. "I wasn't anticipating coming here with two Sandys," said Avis, 64.
Halloween-All-Year-Round (with art and fact box: Halloween-By-The-Numbers)
When the jack-o'-lanterns have all burned out and the candy wrappers have been swept away, Jim Warfield won't be hanging a "closed" sign in the window of the Raven's Grin Inn, the haunted mansion he runs in the small Illinois town of Mount Carroll. With its twisted passageways, secret tunnels and reported sightings of a "Lady in White," the eerie 19th-century house draws visitors all year long -- and Warfield accommodates them.
Devastation is devastation, whether a hurricane rips up your home or a tornado takes the person you love most in the world. It's loss, shock and confusion. It's anger and sadness and resentment. It's being flustered like you've never been flustered before. But it's going to be OK: Take it from the people who survived Hurricane Katrina and the Missourians from Joplin whose town was leveled by the worst tornado in U.S. history. They want Sandy survivors to know a few things.
Photographers and artists have a long relationship with art books as vehicles that share their work with audiences beyond the gallery circuit. But do those books have a shelf life beyond their era?
Fall is upon us, and that means the school year is in full swing. Along with the stress of homework assignments and extracurricular activities, unfortunately some students bear an additional burden -- bullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, pushing the issue to the forefront of the nation's consciousness. Educators and legislators are under pressure to prevent bullying, and many schools are implementing programs such as A Classroom of Difference, Steps to Respect and Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports that teach empathy, interpersonal skills and respect for those who don't fit into the mainstream. But not everyone agrees with this approach to managing bullying.
I never thought I'd be here, but here I am. And let me tell you -- dating at midlife just ain't what it's cracked up to be. What's that, you say? Internet dating is all the rage! There's no stigma anymore. It makes perfect sense. With our hypercharged careers, family responsibilities, keeping up with the news and working out -- who has the time to meet people anymore? Forget singles bars. What woman in her 50s really enjoys meeting strange men at bars? Oh, wait. Most Internet "first dates" begin at bars. With strange men. Still, the draw is strong. Everybody seems to know somebody who's met her significant other online.
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