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Iowa Becomes First Swing State To Begin Early In-Person Voting

There goes Iowa again, always having to be first. The home of the first-in-the-nation caucuses is also the first swing state to begin early in-person voting in the presidential election.
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Florida Police Arrest Inebriated Horse Rider

After a few drinks, Charles Cowart decided to relieve himself in public. Police were called, and Cowart fled — galloping through a Florida town. Cowart's mounted escape ended when back-up arrived: His dad. His father knocked him off the horse, and police took him into custody.
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Pittsburgh Officials Scold Crosswalk Vigilante

In 2009, the city denied requests to paint crosswalks in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Polish Hill. An unknown person has taken the law into his own hands and painted unofficial crosswalks. By coincidence, officials are also promising to install real crosswalks within a few weeks.
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Regular NFL Refs Will Be Back On The Job Thursday

A tentative contract agreement has been reached between the National Football League and the referees' union. The impasse began in June when the NFL locked out the officials and used replacement referees.
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'Decided Voters' Take Advantage Of Early Voting

Those who have made up their minds, both Democrats and Republicans, take advantage of early voting. Paul Gronke, a Political Science professor at Reed College, talks to David Greene about who votes early, and how early voting has changed the way people go to the polls. Gronke is Director of the Early Voting Information Center.
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In Solyndra's Wake, Solar Company Sees Bright Spot

SoloPower is on its way to receiving a loan of $197 million from the Energy Department — the same kind given to now-bankrupt Solyndra. But SoloPower has to meet a number of benchmarks before tapping into the fund, and one step toward that is the opening of a new plant in Oregon on Thursday.
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Obama Encourages Ohio Supporters To Vote Early

Early voting begins next week in Ohio. That helps explain why both campaigns are pouring so much love into the state right now. When people booed descriptions of Mitt Romney's policies, the president told them, "Don't boo, vote."
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Pa. Voters Battle Bureaucracy Ahead Of ID Law Ruling

Even as Pennsylvania's controversial new voter ID law faces court challenges, nonprofits and other groups are busy helping the state's voters, especially the poor and elderly, weave their way through a sometimes complicated bureaucratic process to get a photo ID before the election.

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