General Election Guide

Monday, November 01, 2010

Find everything you need in It's A Free Country's guide to the general election in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Ted Sorensen, Kennedy Speechwriter, Dies

Monday, November 01, 2010

President John F. Kennedy's aide, close confidant, and long-time speechwriter, Theodore C. Sorensen, has died at the age of 82.  Sorenson's wife, Gillian, said her husband died Sunday at New York Presbyterian Hospital, of complications from a recent stroke.

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Terrorist Bombers May Have Targeted Aircraft

Monday, November 01, 2010

Powerful explosives addressed to Chicago synagogues may have been intended to destroy the planes they were sent on, security officials acknowledged as they tried to figure out how to respond to the al-Qaida-linked plot.

Officials told The Associated Press that disaster was narrowly averted.

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President Obama Confirms Packages Found Overseas Had Explosives, Sweeps in New York Area Friday Are Clear

Friday, October 29, 2010

In a speech from the White House Briefing Room on Friday afternoon, President Barack Obama confirmed that suspicious packages found overseas did contain explosive material.

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Paterson to Layoff 898 State Workers Before Year's End

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Governor David Paterson says 898 state workers will receive layoff notices, a move that has angered unions that didn't expect job losses before the end of the year. Paterson says the layoffs will be concentrated in several agencies, including the Departments of Corrections and Parks and the State Police.

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Officials Fear Death Toll Will Rise in Indonesia

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Authorities in Indonesia fear that the death toll will continue to rise, after two natural disasters this week. A small tsunami formed off the coast of Sumatra on Monday. And, on Tuesday, hundreds of miles away, the country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi, erupted.

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France Receives Threats from Al Qaeda

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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France's interior minister says there is a "real" threat against French citizens, after hearing an audio recording on Wednesday sent to France from Al Qaeda, the Associated Press reports.

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Backlog of Repairs Frustrates Public Housing Residents

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

WNYC

The New York City Housing Authority struggles with call volume, causing delays in housing repairs.

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Gov. Christie Kills ARC Tunnel Again

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gov. Christie cancels the ARC Tunnel for a second time.

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Head of New York City Board of Elections Fired One Week Before Election

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

George Gonzalez, the executive director of the Board of Elections, has been fired from his job, just one week before the General Election.

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Haitians Suffer Amid Cholera Outbreak

Monday, October 25, 2010

As of Monday, a cholera outbreak in Haiti had killed more than 250 people and sickened more than 3,000 others, according to The Associated Press. But the AP reports that certain health officials believe the outbreak may be slowing down, citing fewer deaths and reports of new cases so far this week.

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WikiLeaks Releases Additional War Documents

Friday, October 22, 2010

The online Web site WikiLeaks has released hundreds of thousands of documents detailing the war in Iraq.

This follows the release of tens of thousands of classified Afghan war documents over the summer.

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Another Week of Protests in France

Friday, October 22, 2010

It's been several weeks since demonstrations began in France, in protest of a government proposal to raise the nation's retirement age from 60 to 62.

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Report from NY Solicitor General Finds Elected Officials Rigged Aqueduct Bidding Process

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New York State's highest-ranking elected officials rigged the bidding process for an unqualified gaming company seeking a lucrative contract to bring gambling to Aqueduct race track. That's the conclusion of a new report by the state's Inspector General Joseph Fisch.

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British Government Announces Spending Cuts

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The British government has announced a series of spending reforms designed to carry the UK through the 2015 budget year.

According to the BBC, the plan calls for some $130 billion in cuts to welfare, various governmental departments and the public sector to help fill a multi-billion-dollar budget gap within the next five years.

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Former Sen. Monserrate Charged with Fraud

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Former Queens state senator Hiram Monserrate is once again in trouble with the law.  Federal prosecutors say he took taxpayer money meant for a non-profit to fund his personal senate campaign in 2006.

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'Happy Days' Dad Tom Bosley Dies at 83

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tom Bosley, who played the father of Ron Howard's character Richie Cunningham on the long-running show "Happy Days" has died. Bosley was 83 and died of heart failure on Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs.

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Four Newburgh Men Convicted in Plot to Bomb New York Synagogues

Monday, October 18, 2010

A federal jury has convicted four Newburgh men of trying to blow up Bronx synagogues and shoot down military planes at Stewart International Airport last May.

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Swiss Complete Digging on Rail Tunnel

Friday, October 15, 2010

Switzerland is celebrating the completion of drilling on what will become the world's longest rail tunnel.

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Israel to Begin Construction in Jerusalem

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just days after offering Palestinians a compromise over building in the West Bank, Israel has announced it is building more than 200 new homes in eastern Jerusalem, according to The Associated Press.

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