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Supreme Court to hear cases on gay marriage

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Asperger's taken off list of disorders

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The American Psychiatric Association will no longer list Asperger's disorder in the new diagnostic manual after changes to the rewrite were approved Saturday.

This is first major rewrite to the diagnostic manual in 20 years, according to the New York Times.

The manual determines what doctors consider symptoms of mental disorders and shape who gets what sorts of treatments.

The Huffington Post said that full revisions will be evident when the manual is published in May.

Record Powerball Numbers

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By Libby Ryan

The drawing for the Multi-State Lottery Association's prize has failed to come up with a winner after 16 consecutive drawings.

According to the Washington Post, the Powerball winnings have become the second-largest potential lottery payout in U.S. history.

The $550 million prize has been predicted to have a winner by Wednesday night, said Powerball officials.

The BBC reports the numbers that were drawn were numbers were 5, 23, 16, 22, 29 and 6 but there has yet to be a winner.

During the day on Wednesday tickets were selling at a rate of 130,000 a minute nationwide.

Pelosi to remain minority leader

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Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that she wishes to continue serving as the House of Representatives Minority Leader for at least two more years.

Pelosi said she wants to remain in a leadership position in order to work to resolve the fiscal crisis, to limit the amount of money in politics and to empower women in the workplace and government, regardless of the fact that the Democratic party has failed to regain majority in the House for two consecutive elections.

There are leadership election scheduled for after Thanksgiving and Pelosi is certain to win, according to the Washington Post.

CBS News said no Democrat has made a move to run against Pelosi for the position.

CIA director resigns after affair goes public

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By Libby Ryan

CIA Director David H. Petraeus resigned Friday after admitting to an extramarital affair.

An FBI investigation into a possible security breach discovered the affair when looking into Petraeus's emails.

The emails described an affair between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell, a former military officer and co-author of Petraeus's biography, according to the Washington Post.

Obama administration officials said the Petraeus met with President Obama on Thursday to say he intended to step down from his position because of personal reasons.

Petraeus wrote in his resignation letter that he showed "extremely poor judgment" and that having an extramarital affair is "unacceptable" for an person in his leadership position, said the Huffington Post.

Obama wins reelection

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President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term in office on Tuesday evening.

The President won 332 electoral votes while Mitt Romney lost the election with 206, said the Huffington Post.

"In the weeks ahead I am looking forward to sitting down with Gov. Romney to discuss how we can move this country forward," Obama said in his acceptance speech.

Both parties focused on key battleground states in the last weeks of the race, with Obama winning eight of nine states still fairly undecided shortly before the election.

Obama leading by 3 points in Pew poll

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Barack Obama has a 3-point lead over Mitt Romney according to a poll b y Pew Research Center.
The poll was released Sunday afternoon and is the final poll that will be released before Election Day on Tuesday.
A third of voters have already voted, with 48 percent voting for Obama and 46 percent voting for Romney, according to the Huffington Post.
Less than a week earlier, a poll by Pew showed the presidential candidates tied at 47 percent. The new poll suggests Obama's chances were helped by the events of Hurricane Sandy, said the Washington Post.

Subways remain closed in New York City

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By Libby Ryan

The New York City subway system remained closed Wednesday, due to flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the majority of the subway system could stay down for four or five days, according to the New York Times.

The subway was shut down on Saturday in preparation for the storm and when officials checked the conditions on Wednesday, they found flooded tunnels, damaged stations, signs and signals.

Joseph J. Lhota, the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said the New New York subway system "has never faced a disaster as devastating as what we experienced last night."

New Yorkers, during the time while the city works to reopen the subways, will depend on buses for public transportation, a less than dependable mode, according to the Washington Post.

CIA drone program expansion possible

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The CIA requested approval for the expansion of the agency's fleet of armed drones on Thursday.

The request for more drones came from CIA Director David H. Petraeus, said Business Week. The expansion would allow the CIA to form lethal strikes in the areas where al-Qaeda poses a threat to American interests.

If the plan is approved, the CIA would add 10 new drones to the program, according to the Washington Post.

Ex-Pennsylvania Senator dies at 82

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82-year-old former senator died Sunday from cancer.

Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania, known especially for his knowledge of constitutional law, served in the Senate for more than three decades, said the Washington Post.

The cause of Stephen's death was complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Stephen's previously survived Hodgkin's disease, a brain tumor and heart bypass surgery, said the New York Times.

Spector lost his Senate seat in 2010 when he switched from running as a republican to a democrat.

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