Election Day arrives in most explosive midterm in a generation
Voters across American will cast ballots for 435 House seats, 35 Senate seats and countless state and local offices in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Control of Congress and many of the nation’s statehouses is on the line, as always, but this year’s election is also seen in large part as a referendum on President Donald Trump, with both Democrats and Republicans warning that the future of American democracy hinges on the result. Polls show Democrats with a significant-but-shrinking lead on generic ballots, giving them a realistic chance to take control of the House and a long shot bid to win the Senate. With unemployment at a near 50-year low, voters are less fixated on the economy and more on health care, immigration and other issues. Check out USA TODAY’s midterm election central for the latest on races, candidates and polls.
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Powerhouse programs square off as college basketball returns
College basketball is officially back, and on the opening night of competition, hoops fans are being treated to what could be a preview of the Final Four. 20 of the top 25 teams in the Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll will take the court for the first time this season, including the defending champion No. 8 Villanova Wildcats, who find themselves in a unique rebuild. All eyes will be on the State Farm Champions Classic, and the action begins with No. 10 Michigan State Spartans looking to upset the title-or-bust No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (7 p.m. ET, ESPN). The action ends with the best game of the night as historically talented No. 3 Duke takes on No. 2 Kentucky (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Pipe bomb suspect faces NYC federal court hearing
Pipe bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Manhattan federal court Tuesday after prosecutors released new details on another explosive device he allegedly mailed to a critic of President Donald Trump.Prosecutors said they discovered a 16th explosive device that Sayoc, 56, allegedly mailed to Thomas Steyer, the California-based billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist who has criticized Trump. Sayoc is accused of sending 15 devices fashioned like pipe bombs to targets including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, billionaire investor-philanthropist Georg Soros, actor Robert De Niro, CNN and others.
Remains of Utah mayor killed in Afghanistan to arrive in US
The remains of a Utah mayor who was killed in Afghanistan during an “insider attack” while serving with the Utah National Guard are expected to arrive on his home soil Tuesday, according to ABC News. Brent Taylor, 39, a married father of seven, was killed and another soldier was wounded Saturday by a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. NATO and U.S. forces have deployed more troops to support Afghan forces struggling against the Taliban and remnants of the Islamic State active in the country. Taylor, part of that effort, had said he was in Afghanistan to help train Afghan troops.
Pringles’ Thanksgiving flavors back for the season
The snack brand is bringing back three fan favorites – turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie – from last year’s Thanksgiving-inspired flavor lineup of eight-holiday fixings. The limited-edition Pringles go on sale Tuesday at www.kelloggstore.com and supplies are limited. They won’t be sold in stores and cost more than the average can of Pringles, which sell for around $2 at most stores. Sold as a three-pack of mini cans, the Pringles Thanksgiving crisps are $14.99.
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