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SEATTLE - The nation's only major gun-control ballot initiative this year, here in Washington State, is drawing big money and star-power names like Bill Gates and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York as backers. But the defining aspect is confusion, many residents say, because there are in fact two gun measures on the ballot, side by side, and they are diametrically opposed. One proposal, Initiative 594, would impose background checks of gun buyers that go beyond federal law, requiring them in private sales and at gun shows. The other, Initiative 591, would expressly forbid state expansion of background checks beyond the current federal law.   more...
 
 
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Three 13-year-old girls dressed in Halloween costumes and carrying bags of candy were killed by a hit-and-run driver while trick-or-treating in Santa Ana, Calif., on Friday evening, the authorities said. The girls, two of whom were twin sisters, were crossing the street in the 1400 block of East Fairhaven Street when they were struck around 6:45 p.m., said Capt. Steve Concialdi, the spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority. Two of the girls were dead when paramedics arrived at the scene, Captain Concialdi said. The paramedics tried to save the third girl, but she died minutes after they arrived, he said.   more...
 
 
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SCHOFIELD, Wisc. - Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Friday played a rare second fiddle at a campaign rally here for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, dialing back his intensity after a week in which he dominated headlines for his handling of Ebola procedures and a heckler back home. During a factory tour of Wausau Supply, he followed Mr. Walker closely, listening intently but rarely jumping into the conversation. He introduced Mr. Walker, rather than the other way around. And he dedicated most of his speaking time at the rally to talking about the "honesty and integrity" of Mr. Walker, before embracing him and relinquishing the stage.   more...
 
 
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SANTA ANA, Calif. - Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in costume were hit and killed in a Halloween hit-and-run collision while walking at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said. The girls were in a crosswalk near an elementary school in Santa Ana when the vehicle with two men inside hit them about 6:45 p.m., police and fire officials said. The girls, whose names were not immediately clear, ranged in ages from 13 to 15, Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said. Two of them were declared dead immediately, and a third died as paramedics prepared to take her to a hospital, Concialdi said.   more...
 
 
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A 14-year-old girl who was shot in the head last week when a classmate opened fired in a high school cafeteria in Washington State has died, hospital officials said Friday. The girl, Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, died at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, the hospital said in a statement. In the statement, her family said it was heartbroken by her death. "We can't imagine life without her," the family said. Shaylee was critically wounded in the Oct. 24 shooting at the Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, about 35 miles north of Seattle.   more...
 
 
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BUCHAREST, Romania - The front-runner in a presidential election here on Sunday disappointed his 10-year-old son recently by informing him that, contrary to feverish talk on the campaign trail, he was not a Romanian James Bond. "I told him: 'I am sorry. I am not a spy.' He said, 'What a pity as that would have been nice,' " Romania 's center-left prime minister and presidential hopeful, Victor Ponta, recalled in an interview. When Romania's departing conservative president, Traian Basescu, first declared last month that Mr. Ponta, a longstanding political enemy, had worked as an undercover agent, he tapped into a rich vein of Romanian political culture clogged with accusations and counter-accusations of undercover skulduggery.   more...
 
 
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MALIBU, Calif. - Steve Soboroff is the police commissioner of Los Angeles, a former candidate for mayor and a developer whose latest venture is a supermarket complex on an open field off the Pacific Coast Highway here. Rob Reiner is an actor and a director who has a history of political advocacy in California going back 20 years. But lately, these two well-known figures have become unlikely protagonists in an intense dispute that has swept across this city on the Pacific Ocean, as Mr. Reiner - with a small army of celebrities behind him - has pushed for one of the most stringent anti-development measures ever attempted in the country, one that will be put before voters on Tuesday.   more...
 
 
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NOVOSVITLIVKA, Ukraine - On one of the last warm days of autumn, Father Vladimir shed his priest's robes and scaled a rickety wooden ladder to replace the shattered windows on the once-golden cupola of his village church. From there he could hear a cacophony of hammering, scraping of shovels and the clattering of rubble against tin - the sounds of a village trying to pull itself back together. For more than two months after a week of heated combat between Ukraine 's army and rebel separatists, Novosvitlivka residents have lived without light, gas, water and now, with cold weather settling in, heat.   more...
 
 
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GENEVA - A senior Iranian emissary hinted on Friday that Iranian authorities might be prepared to free a Washington Post correspondent who has been inexplicably imprisoned and kept virtually incommunicado since July 22. The emissary, Mohammad Javad Larijani, who was attending a United Nations Human Rights Council session, said that security service officials had prepared charges against the correspondent, Jason Rezaian, for activities "entering the area of the security of the state." But he added that he hoped the charges would be dropped during court proceedings that he expected to start "soon."   more...
 
 
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - President Obama on Friday promoted his proposals to raise wages and expand benefits for working women, making an election-season push to portray Republicans as stuck in the past and hindering an economic recovery. "We need Republicans in Congress to stop blocking a minimum-wage increase," Mr. Obama said at Rhode Island College, where he highlighted elements of his agenda aimed at helping women, including paid leave, pay equity and the health care law's required insurance coverage for mammograms. "We've got to raise our voices," the president said, to "do away with policies and politicians that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode."   more...
 
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