News Briefs for Oct. 28-30, 2012

By Kaitlyn Kohler
October 28, 2012

G.O.P Tries to Chip Away at Democrats’ Edge in Early Voting  

Republicans are stepping up their efforts to narrow a Democratic advantage in early voting in key battlegrounds like Florida and Ohio. In Ohio, whose 18 electoral votes are at the center of the presidential race, more than a million votes have already been cast, highlighting a change in the political rhythm that has let Republicans to begin to embrace the belief that long held by Democrats that early voting can be used to increase turnout, not just to shift votes from one day to another.

Read the original story in The NewYork Times | Oct. 29, 2012

Scientists Move Closer to a Lasting Flu Vaccine 

As this year’s flu season gathers steam, doctors and pharmacists have a fresh stock of vaccines to offer their patients. The vaccines usually provide strong protection against the virus, but only for a while. Vaccines for other diseases typically work for years or decades. With the flu, though, next fall it will be time to get another dose.

Read the original story in The NewYork Times | Oct. 29, 2012


U.S. Tries to Coordinate Anti-Militant Push in Mali 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Algeria on Monday as the United States sought to coordinate support for an emerging international effort to push Islamic militants out of northern Mali.

Read the original story in The NewYork Times | Oct. 29, 2012


Protests Over Chemical Plant Force Chinese Officials to Back Down 

Officials in the coastal city of Ningbo, China, promised on Sunday to halt the expansion of a petrochemical plant after thousands of demonstrators clashed with the police during three days of protests that spotlighted the public’s mounting discontent with industrial pollution.

Read the original story in The NewYork Times | Oct. 28, 2012


Attacks Continue During Failed Holiday Truce in Syria 

The declared four-day holiday truce between the warring factions in Syria ended on Monday much as it had begun – with airstrikes, artillery barrages and other firefights around the country that made a mockery of the cease-fire.

Read the original story in The NewYork Times | Oct. 29, 2012


Pro-Romney Group Makes Big Ad Buy in Pennsylvania; Obama Campaign Follows  

The “super-PAC” aiding Mitt Romney, Restore Our Future, is making a push into Pennsylvania, a state that has been considered to be strong for President Obama. On Monday, the group put down about $2 million for a slate of television commercials through next Monday, the day before the presidential election.

Read the original story in The NewYork Times | Oct. 29, 2012

Kaitlyn Kohler

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