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U.S. Top News: Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate

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Reuters Election 2012 Daily round-up of the day's top news from the campaign trail, the White House and all the politics in between
Tough road ahead for Obama after Republicans seize U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans rode a wave of voter discontent to seize control of the U.S. Senate, dealing a punishing blow to President Barack Obama that will limit his legislative agenda and may force him to make a course correction for his last two years in office.
Voters OK legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, D.C
PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.
Sixth person dies following Maine fire at site of Halloween party
(Reuters) - A sixth person has died following a house fire that broke out in Portland, Maine, over the weekend just hours after a Halloween party, officials said on Tuesday, making it the deadliest blaze in 40 years.
Alaska backs measure to legalize recreational marijuana, opponents say
JUNEAU (Reuters) - Alaska voters on Tuesday narrowly sanctioned the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes, hours after Oregon approved a similar measure, opponents said.
Texas town passes ban on fracking in its birthplace
DALLAS (Reuters) - Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the North Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom.
Father charged with kidnapping son returned to U.S. from tiny Niue
(Reuters) - A father accused of kidnapping his son and taking him on a sailboat from Washington state to a tiny South Pacific island country has been returned to the United States, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday.
Kansas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional: judge
KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - Same-sex couples may soon be able to marry in Kansas following a federal judge's ruling on Tuesday that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
California man charged with vehicular manslaughter in Halloween hit-and-run
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who prosecutors say struck and killed three 13-year-old California girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween and then fled in his damaged sport utility vehicle was charged on Tuesday with vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run.
Law clearing way for Massachusetts casinos survives repeal vote
BOSTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts voters on Tuesday upheld a 2011 law that paved the way for legal casino gambling in the state, voting down a referendum that would have overturned the measure and stopped two planned casinos in their tracks.
U.S. man held in immigration detention for more than three years
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Davino Watson languished in a detention center in Buffalo, New York, for 3-1/2 years awaiting deportation on orders from immigration authorities. The only problem: Watson is an American citizen.
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