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Body Found near Burned Gulf Oil Platform

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By Gyusung Sim

As crews searched Sunday for a Filipino worker still missing after an oil platform explosion and fire, doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.
The victims were employees of Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which provides workers to Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations, a Houston-based independent oil and gas company, reported by the USA Today.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which enforces offshore drilling regulations, is investigating.
The incident occurred a day after oil giant BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties the 2010 Gulf oil spill that killed 11 workers and spewed 4.9 million barrels of oil, reported by the Reuters.

Obama Wins Four More Years

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By Gyusung Sim

President Barack Obama has won re-election Monday night.
Obama family gathered in Chicago to find out whether they would return to Washington for four years or two months, and they won four more years.
As networks and the Associated Press called Obama the winner, the Minnesota DFL party at the Crown Plaza hotel in St. Paul exploded. People chanted "Four more years," reported by the Minnesota Daily.
Now that Obama won a second term, the White House will become the place the Obama girls grow up. His daughters now will spend the majority of their school years in Washington, and her mother has already said she has to learn how to do laundry before she heads off to college, reported by the USA Today.

By Gyusung Sim

Same-sex marriage was legalized in states Tuesday across the country using ballot referendums rather than legislation.
Maine, Maryland, and Washington all voted to allow same-sex couples the right to marry in their states. "We have always understood that there are good people on the other side of this issue," Zach Silk, a spokesman for Washington United for Marriage, said, reported by the NewYork Daily News.
These three join six others plus the District of Columbia in legalizing gay marriage, reported by the Star Tribune.
On Tuesday, Minnesota also became the first state to have voters reject a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. It remains illegal in Minnesota, but since a ban has not been constitutionalized proponents of marriage equality will find an easier path to overthrow the ban.

Did Cam Newton and the Panthers predict a Romney win?

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By Gyusung Sim

Carolina Panthers fans are likely pretty pleased with their team's ability to win for the first time since Week 2, but one man is likely even happier.
In the 18 presidential elections that have taken place since the Redskins moved to Washington in 1937, 17 have been predicted by the team's
If the Redskins win at home, the incumbent party usually wins the presidential election. If the Redskins lose at home, the challenger usually prevails, reported by the USA Today.
Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, who popularized the rule, claims that while that result should have meant that challenger John Kerry would have won the White House, it still holds true because the Democrats actually won the popular vote in the 2000 election, reported by the Cincinnati USA.

2-Year-Old Boy Killed at Pennsylvania Zoo

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By Gyusung Sim

A 2-year-old Pittsburgh boy was killed at the Pittsburgh zoo by a pack of African painted dogs Sunday morning when he fell off a railing, police said.
When the boy fell, other visitors who saw him immediately told staff members, who responded along with Pittsburgh police. Zookeepers called off some of the dogs, and seven of them immediately went to a back building, reported by the USA Today.
The zoo was immediately closed; it was not clear when it would be reopened, authorities said.
Steve Feldman, a spokesman for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said no one he's spoken to can recall any deaths of children at an accredited zoo over the last 40 years or more. Feldman said the Pittsburgh Zoo successfully completed its five-year review in September, which means it meets or exceeds all safety standards, reported by the Star Tribune.

Obama Faces Pressure of Carrying out Presidential Duties

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By Gyusung Sim

President Barack Obama has been trying to balance his re-election bid with running the government, with little more than a week before the election.
As a campaigner and fundraiser, he has held 24 campaign events last month, from Colorado to New Hampshire, from rallying auto workers to raising millions of dollars with pop diva Beyonce, reported by the Washington Times.
In the tight race, the candidates have few opportunities left to blitz through the most competitive states, trying to build momentum and make a final pitch to undecided voters, reported by the Star Tribune.
Competitive campaigning from both candidates have increased, and spokesman showed their concerns of the safety.

At 0-32, Gay-marriage Forces Seek 1st Win at Polls

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By Gyusung Sim

Irene Huskens, a 43-year-old police captain, has the wedding venue picked out Saturday: a charming bed-and-breakfast in southern Maryland.
The plans made by Huskens and her partner, Leia Burks, hinge on whether Marylanders make history on Nov. 6 by voting to legalize same-sex marriage, reported by the Seattle Times.
In Maryland, Maine and Washington, it is an up-or-down vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, there is a measure to place a ban on gay marriage in the state constitution, as 30 other states have done previously.
According to the Huffington Post, a large collage displays a list of the high-powered sponsors backing the ballot-measure campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state in the headquarters of Washington United for Marriage.

Three Women Found Dead in Submerged Car in Rhode Island

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By Gyusung Sim

Three women who worked on some of the world's finest yachts found dead in a submerged car at a Rhode Island shipyard.
The car was found at about 6:30 a.m. Friday sticking out of about four feet of water in Newport Harbor at the privately owned Newport Shipyard. The car had been in the water for at least several hours before it was discovered, reported by the ABC News.
Police have not disclosed who was driving the car and it is not clear why the women were at the shipyard. It is open 24 hours and has a security guard posted at the entrance at all times.
Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play and the investigation is continuing, reported by the USA Today.

By Gyusung Sim

A New Fairfield fifth-grade teacher shot a masked teenager in self-defense outside his neighbor's house Thursday, then he discovered it was his son, Connecticut state police said.
The neighbor who was alone in the house believed someone was attempted late-night burglary and called the teen's father, who lives next door. The father confronted someone wearing a black ski mask and black clothing with a shiny weapon in his hand, and then fired his gun, reported by the New York Daily News.
The teen was dead at the scene. The father had not returned a message seeking comment on what happened. No one responded to knocks on the front door at his home or the neighbor's, reported by the USA Today.
No charges have been filed, and an autopsy on the boy is planned.

Some Still Waiting for Pre-ordered iPhone 5s

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By Gyusun Sim

A week ago Friday, from London to Tokyo, people were already lining up and tried to pre-order the new device form the Apple.
Apple says iPhone 5 pre-orders topped 2 million in 24 hours, more than double the amount of iPhone 4S pre-orders, reported by the USA Today.
However, the Apple online store was kept freezing because so many people were trying to log in and to preorder. Customers had sinking feelings that they would have to wait for a long time to get the new device.
Because of over 2 million pre-orders, it could foreshadow long lines in front of the Apple store. Or it could mean more consumers are skipping the line-waiting game and have chosen to order the phone online, reported by the CNN.

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