News Archive - November 5, 2012

Alligator Seized In Anne Arundel Drug Arrest

Along with thousands of dollars in marijuana and various paraphernalia, police in Anne Arundel County stumbled on a 3-foot alligator in a recent search and seizure operation.

Long Night Ahead For Candidates As Virginia Takes To Polls

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Virginia is deadlocked heading into Election Day, and with the margins in the Presidential and Senate races expected to be small, Tuesday might be a long day for the candidates.

O'Malley: Don't Count On Polls, Get Out To Vote

While signs point to victory for Maryland governor Martin O'Malley on same-sex marriage and the DREAM Act, he cautioned supporters not to let promising poll numbers keep them from the ballot box.

Wells, Cheh Question Move To Lower Speed Camera Fines

Mayor Vincent Gray's move to lower fines for those caught by the District's speed cameras took D.C. Council members by surprise, as they had been exploring similar legislation.

Opposition To Early Voting In Virginia Goes Back Centuries

The lack of true early voting in Virginia has roots that go back through much of political history. The story is much the same as it is now — one party feels the other stands to gain more by its addition.

How Sandy's Path Could Chart A Course For Romney's Victory

The superstorm began its destructive tour of the American mainland in Florida, and that's where the GOP presidential nominee needs to begin his march on election night. Other states in its path included North Carolina, Virginia and New Hampshire, states where Mitt Romney has a strong chance.

Analysis: Rallies Galore As Virginia Goes Down To The Wire

Both the Presidential and Senate races in Virginia are too close to call, according to David Hawkings of CQ Daily Roll Call, which means the commonwealth is the scene of many a rally over the next 24 hours.

When Will We Know Who Won?

Everybody tries to predict who will win.What we wonder, though, is when will we know whether it will be President Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney taking the oath of office next January? See if you can correctly predict.

Last Of The Early Voters In Ohio Make A Scene

At the polls Sunday, reporter Karen Kasler encountered a carnival-like atmosphere — including dancing people dressed in Sesame Street costumes, a Lincoln impersonator, mimes and food trucks.

After Sandy, Thousands In Garrett County Still Without Power

The effects of Sandy have mostly abated in the D.C. area, but out in western Maryland, as many as 3,900 homes remain without power after Superstorm Sandy dumped feet of snow on them.

Cookies, Wax And The Vote: Kids Choose The Next President

Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Washington, D.C., found out that a little sugar, a chance to meet wax figures of presidents, and voting in life-like voting booths may help kids begin to develop a passion to participate in elections.

Shh! 400-Foot-Long Trailer Carrying Radioactive Material Is On Secret Mission

It's longer than a football field, has 192 wheels and is hauling "slightly radioactive" steel from California to Utah. You can't exactly hide it, but the exact route isn't being disclosed.

For Simple Care, Retail Clinics Are A Popular Choice

Lots of people are opting for the clinics, which are springing up inside big-box retailers and chain drugstores across the country. We found that people are open to the idea of trying the clinics. And those who have used them seem to like them a lot.

What Else Could $6 Billion Buy?

The cost of the 2012 election will top a record $6 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. If you find it difficult to visualize that figure, here are a few other ways to think about what $6 billion could buy.

U.S. Presses Fractured Syrian Opposition To Unite

The Syrian opposition movement suffers from deep divisions and has been weighted toward those in exile rather than those battling inside Syria. At talks in Qatar this week, the U.S. is pushing for the creation of a new opposition group.

Superstorm Sandy: Latest Figures & How To Help Those In Need

The death toll in the U.S. has topped 100 and the number of customers without power still exceeds 1.3 million. Looking for how you might be able to help? WNYC and The Star-Ledger have compiled lists of groups that are assisting the storm's victims.

Dominion Proposes New Natural Gas Power Plant

Dominion Virginia Power is asking the state corporation commission if it can build a new $1.3 billion natural gas power plant in Brunswick County.

Arizona Group Reveals Source For $11 Million Political Contribution In California

The $11 million contribution may be the largest anonymous donation in state history. But the disclosure raised more questions than it answered.

Election Guides? We've Got 'Em

Everybody's looking ahead and trying to figure out just when we'll know who won the White House. If the race is as tight as polls suggest, it could be a long night. But here's a key thing to know about a key swing state: Ohio's polls are set to close at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Parkmobile: Fee Hike Isn't Fault Of Durbin Amendment

Parkmobile, the company that runs D.C.'s pay-by-phone system, is apologizing for blaming a recent fee increase on a piece of federal legislation. 

On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270

On the final day of the 2012 campaign, President Obama and Mitt Romney are making a last push in states that could be critical to victory. Obama was scheduled to campaign in three swing states, while Romney had events planned in four. The only overlap was in Ohio, considered the linchpin of the election.

Eliminate Government? Not Mine, Thanks

A possible merger of local governments in Indiana faces trouble on Tuesday's ballot. Despite promises that a combined government would bring costs down, residents worry that their taxes could go up even as the quality of services declines.

Gridlock: Will The Election Break The 'Lousy Status Quo'?

Whether it's Obama or Romney, the president will face a party in Congress hostile to his agenda, with no mandate from voters to push things through. With no consensus in the country, power may continue shifting back and forth between the parties.

Amputee Climbs 103 Floors Of Chicago's Willis Tower Using Bionic Leg

The leg is connected to neurons in Zac Vawter hamstring, so the leg reacts to his thoughts.

Boy Killed In Dog Exhibit At Zoo: Onlookers' Screams 'Just Kept Coming'

In Pittsburgh, the 2-year-old's mother lifted him on to a railing. Tragically, he fell into the animals' exhibit and was set upon by the pack. Zookeepers were eventually able to lure most of the 11 dogs away. One had to be shot by police.

Tracking Congressional Staffers On The Campaign Trail

Congress is in recess for the election, which frees up lots of staffers to join the campaign trail — but one watchdog group wonders whether that crossover crosses a line.

'Insult To Injury': Nor'easter Targets New York, New Jersey

The computer models are in agreement that a Nor'easter will move across the hard-hit states on Wednesday and Thursday. The storm could bring winds of up to 50 mph as well as more coastal flooding.

Arab-American Voters Lean Toward Obama, But With Less Enthusiasm

The community supported President Obama in 2008, and polls show most are doing so this time around. But some of those voters are concerned about the way Obama has handled issues important to Arab-Americans.

In New York City, More Signs Of Normal As Schools Reopen After Sandy

Some schools don't have heat. Others are serving their students shelf-safe milk. But they're open and making it feel like normal.

What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't

A web of embargoes meant the full story on a 2009 mumps outbreak couldn't be revealed until now. Now we can tell you about the effect of an extra dose of vaccine worked and whether doctors recommend that others get a third mumps shot.

Chaos And A Bomb Scare Mar Early Voting In Florida

After the Miami-Dade County mayor ordered a stop to voting, some in line banged on the windows and chanted, "Let us vote." In the Orlando area, a bomb threat suspended early voting.

After A Long Campaign Season, A Blitz Through The Battleground

As the national polls showed a tight race, President Obama and Mitt Romney made their closing arguments.

What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress

This pre-election Political Junkie column focuses on all presidential swing states and key races for House and Senate.