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2 states legalize pot, but don't 'break out the Cheetos' yet

Pro-pot groups cheered passage of referendums legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington state as the "light at the end of the tunnel" in their 50-year campaign to make the drug legal nationwide.

Thanksgiving flights likely to be full

Expect your Thanksgiving flight to be packed.

Dow Jones drops 300 points following election

A sell-off on Wall Street gained momentum Wednesday, with the Dow falling below 13,000 for the first time in two months, as investors focused on how President Obama plans to avoid the fiscal cliff after he won re-election Tuesday night.

Marijuana legalization passes in Colorado, Washington

Voters in Washington and Colorado passed ballot initiatives Tuesday to legalize marijuana for recreational use, the biggest victory ever for the legalization movement.

GOP retains grip on House

Republicans kept a lock on the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday's voting, a crucial victory after the party failed to wrest away the presidency from Barack Obama or the Senate from the Democrats.

Projections: Obama wins re-election

Barack Obama will be re-elected as president of the United States, CNN projects. He will win the critical swing state of Ohio, putting him over the 270 electoral votes needed to secure the White House, CNN projects

6 ways religious demographics could determine Tuesday's winner

Just because President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney mostly have avoided talking religion during this campaign doesn't mean religion won't play a big role in determining the winner of the presidential race.

Obama, Romney make a mad dash in a final bid for votes

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are spending the final hours of the campaign making a mad dash through battleground states Monday in a late push to sway a closely divided electorate ahead of Tuesday's election.<

African painted dogs kill young boy at Pittsburgh Zoo

A group of African painted dogs killed a boy who fell into their exhibit Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Barbara Baker, the zoo's president, said the child was around 3 years old.

New York faces 'massive housing problem' after Sandy, governor says

Kevin Cordova's family tried cooking hot food to stay warm. They wore their winter coats inside and buried themselves under blankets.