Holland Tunnel linking New York, New Jersey to reopen after storm
November 6th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Holland Tunnel linking New York, New Jersey to reopen after storm

The Holland Tunnel linking New York and New Jersey will reopen at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, the governors of the two states said Tuesday in a joint press release.

The tunnel (pictured), which carries some 91,000 vehicles a day, closed October 29 ahead of Superstorm Sandy.

The tunnel has been open to limited bus traffic since Friday.

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November 6th, 2012
05:15 PM ET

Laser pointer forces emergency landing of Coast Guard jet

A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew member on a surveillance jet suffered temporary vision problems when a laser pointer aimed at the plane filled the cabin with blinding light on approach to Corpus Christi International Airport, the agency said Tuesday.

The incident happened Monday, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

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November 6th, 2012
01:21 PM ET

Deadly workplace shooting in California

Editor's note: An employee of Apple Valley Farms in Fresno, California, opened fire on his co-workers Tuesday, killing two and wounding two others before fatally shooting himself, police said.

[Updated 6:06 p.m.] Police say the gunman and a second victim have died.

[Updated 2:03 p.m.] The business identified by authorities as Apple Valley Farms apparently goes by the name Valley Proteins.  Calling a phone number listed on a website as being for Apple Valley Farms led CNN to a voicemail for Valley Proteins, which said there was an emergency and that the business was closed for the day. Police also mentioned that some of the reports they received about the shooting used the name Valley Proteins.

On its website, Valley Proteins says it develops animal and pet food ingredients.

[Updated 1:35 p.m.] The alleged gunman was found outside with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.  The victim in serious condition was a 32-year-old woman found outside with a gunshot wound in the lower back.

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Syrian civil war in photos
November 6th, 2012
12:41 PM ET

Bombs kill 10 in Damascus suburbs, opposition group says

[Updated 12:39 p.m.] At least 10 people were killed and more than 40 were wounded after three bombs exploded in Syria's Damascus suburbs Tuesday, an opposition group said.

[Posted 5:25 a.m.] Seven Syrian army generals defected to Turkey on Tuesday, the Turkish Anadolu news agency reported.

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November 6th, 2012
10:56 AM ET

Sectarian attack kills 3 in Pakistan

Two gunmen opened fire on a vehicle today in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people and wounding two others, police said.

It was a "sectarian targeted killing," said Wazir Khan Nasar, deputy inspector general of police in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan Province.

The assailants managed to escape.

Follow coverage of Pakistan at CNN.com/world.

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It's decision time: Get your vote on!
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots in Port Royal, Virginia.
November 6th, 2012
08:34 AM ET

It's decision time: Get your vote on!

Editor's note: Watch CNN's comprehensive coverage of Election Day starting at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday on CNN TV and follow online at CNN.com or via CNN's apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. For up-to-the-minute results, go to cnn.com/results and for our real-time Election Day live blog, check out cnn.com/conversation. Need other reasons to watch Election Day coverage on CNN's platforms? Click here for our list.

And we're off! It's Election Day in America and we hope that if you haven't already, you'll be headed to the polls today to cast your vote for president as well as for your local officials and issues.

The first votes were cast very early this morning in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.  The polls there have opened shortly after midnight each Election Day since 1960 - but today's tie was the first in its history. President Barack Obama got five votes, as did Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.  Is it a sign of how the rest of the day will go?

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November 6th, 2012
05:01 AM ET

Car bomb kills Iraqi soldiers, recruits near army base

[Update 5:50 a.m. ET] The car bomb exploded outside a recruiting center about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Baghdad.   Four of the dead were soldiers, but most were recruits, police officials said.

[Update 5:40 a.m. ET] Baghdad police officials have upped the death toll from the attack to at least 26 people.  Another 30 have been wounded.

[Posted at 5:01 a.m. ET] Three Iraqi soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded today when a car bomb exploded near an Iraqi army base in an area with many Sunni and Shiite residents, police officials said.

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November 6th, 2012
02:42 AM ET

Why Tuesday, why November, why donkeys and elephants? Election riddles solved

The finish line is almost here. Americans have weighed a plethora of questions in choosing their presidential candidate.

But amid the quadrennial explosion of political ads, bumper stickers and debates, some questions still baffle: Why is the Republican mascot an elephant? Why are Democrats linked to the color blue? And what happens if the candidates tie?

Here's a voter's guide to such perpetually confounding questions:

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Amnesty: Malawi suspends anti-gay laws
President Joyce Banda pledged to review Malawi's anti-homosexuality laws earlier this year.
November 6th, 2012
01:17 AM ET

Amnesty: Malawi suspends anti-gay laws

Malawi is shelving its laws against homosexuality pending a vote on whether to repeal them, a rights group said, a bold move in a continent that mostly  criminalizes such relationships.

The justice minister said the laws are suspended and police cannot arrest or prosecute homosexuals until parliament votes, Amnesty

International said in a statement Monday.
Same-sex relationships are illegal in the southern Africa nation and carry a penalty of up to 14 years in prison.

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Wall Street overwhelmingly backs Romney
Investing experts surveyed by CNNMoney think stocks will do better for the next few years if Mitt Romney defeats Barack Obama in the presidential election.
November 6th, 2012
12:58 AM ET

Wall Street overwhelmingly backs Romney

President Obama and Mitt Romney may be in a dead heat as Americans head to the polls on Election Day, but the former Massachusetts governor is an overwhelming favorite of Wall Street.

Twelve out of 18 investment strategists and money managers surveyed by CNNMoney said the stock market would perform better with Romney in the White House than during a second Obama term.

As the country struggles with tepid economic growth, stubbornly high unemployment, more than $16 trillion in national debt, a looming debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff, "Romney offers the potential for a more bipartisan, pro-growth set of fiscal policy initiatives, which ultimately would be better for the stock market," said Phil Orlando, chief equity market strategist at Federated Investors.

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November 6th, 2012
12:09 AM ET

A tie for Obama and Romney in nation's first results

The first presidential election results are in - and it's a tie.

President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

The town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960 - but today's tie was the first in its history.

Explainer: What if there's a national tie?

The result was unexpected, said town clerk Dick Erwin. The town has two registered Democrats, three Republicans and five independents.
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