November 2nd, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Giant sinkhole opens in Germany

Repairs are to begin Wednesday on a 65-foot-deep (20 meters) sinkhole that opened in the eastern German town of Schmalkalden on Monday, local authorities said.

The sinkhole, which measured more than 130 feet (40 meters) across, swallowed a car and forced the evacuation of 25 people in nine houses, the regional newspaper Thueringer-Allgemeine reported.

Officials told the paper more than 1,000 truckloads of gravel would be needed to fill the hole.

Residents reported hearing a loud roar as the earth gave way early Monday morning, according to the newspaper report. The cause of the sinkhole had not been determined.

J√ľrgen Reinholz, environment and agriculture minister for the state of Thuringia, said natural causes were suspected, according to Spiegel Online International.

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November 2nd, 2010
10:17 AM ET

Police: Shots fired at Coast Guard recruiting station

There is a report of shots fired at a Coast Guard recruiting station near Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge, Virginia, according to Prince William County Police spokesperson First Sgt. Kim Chinn.

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November 2nd, 2010
09:40 AM ET

On the Radar: Voting, video games and Yemen

Go vote! - The most expensive midterm elections in history are happening as voters decide who will be their next representative, senator or governor. What happens at the polls today will likely be considered a referendum on both the Democratic-controlled Congress and President Obama's first two years in office. Losses by the governing party are common in midterm elections, but the shift Tuesday could be historically dramatic, observers say. CNN's political team is covering every corner of the country. "I forgot to vote" will be a hard excuse to pull off this year. But why do that? After all, your vote counts in a big way this year.

High Court on video games - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a challenge to a 2005 California law that bars the sale or rental of violent video games to minors.  The case has stirred passionate debate on both sides. Video game makers say banning the sale of violent video games to children is a violation of free speech. They also say a voluntary rating system already does enough to restrict young consumers from purchasing games rated "Mature." Parents, politicians and others contend that the law must protect children from depictions of extreme violence. If the state of California wins, retailers would face a $1,000 fine for violations, and the industry would be required to place an "18" label on games judged overly violent.

Yemen - Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born militant cleric, was charged in absentia with incitement to kill foreigners at a hearing in Sanaa, Yemen's capital. U.S. authorities have linked al-Awlaki to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan and the man accused in a Christmas Day bomb attempt. Prosecutors in a court Tuesday accused al-Awlaki, a key figure in al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, of inciting the killing of foreigners living there. The next hearing in his trial is scheduled for Saturday.

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November 2nd, 2010
09:30 AM ET

Activist boycotts dolphin-hunt meeting in Japan

Dolphin activist Richard O'Barry protests outside a meeting Tuesday in Taiji, Japan.

Dolphin activist Richard O'Barry boycotted a planned meeting with Japanese political and fisheries officials, claiming restrictions placed on media coverage of the event meant his opinions would not reach the Japanese public.

O'Barry is protesting the slaughter of dolphins depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove." Japanese authorities said they had arranged Tuesday's meeting not to debate the killings of the dolphins but so both sides could present their stances on the issue.

O'Barry protested outside the meeting Tuesday and posted his complaints on his blog.

Mayor Kazutaka Sangen of Taiji, the coastal Japanese town where the dolphins are slaughtered, "has broken his promise by trying to interfere with the Japanese and international media representatives' right to report to the Japanese public," O'Barry wrote on his blog.

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November 2nd, 2010
07:43 AM ET
November 2nd, 2010
01:10 AM ET

Feingold's run in Wisconsin Senate ends; GOP picks up more governorships

Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data:

Wisconsin Republican businessman Ron Johnson has won the Senate race,
CNN projects, ending Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold's bid for a fourth term.

Oregon Democratic incumbent Sen. Ron Wyden has won his bid for re-election to his Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Republican nominee Jim Huffman.

South Carolina Republican Nikki Haley has defeated Democrat Vincent Sheheen in the race for governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Mark Sanford is term-limited. 

Idaho Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Crapo has won his bid for re-election to his Senate seat, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Tom Sullivan.

Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker has defeated Democrat Tom Barrett in the race for governor, CNN projects. Democratic Gov. Jim Boyle is retiring.

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November 2nd, 2010
12:59 AM ET

Republicans take House, CNN projects

Rep. John Boehner, Republican-Ohio, will be the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, replacing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democrat-California, as the GOP rolled in Tuesday's midterm elections, gaining a majority for the first time in four years.

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