Resurgent Republicans won control of the House and cut deeply into the Democrats' majority in the Senate in momentous midterm elections shadowed by recession, ushering in a new era of divided government certain to complicate the final two years of President Barack Obama's term. House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner, voice breaking with emotion, declared shortly before midnight Tuesday that the results were "a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of big government and a repudiation of politicians who refuse to listen to the people."
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats narrowly held their Senate majority Tuesday but suffered at least six stinging losses, including the Illinois seat once held by President Barack Obama. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada survived a fierce challenge from tea party Republican Sharron Angle. However, Republicans ousted two Democratic senators and picked up Democratic-held seats in four other states, leaving Reid with a greatly diminished majority.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Californians heeded warnings of legal chaos and other dangers and rejected a ballot measure Tuesday that would have made their state the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The spirited campaign over Proposition 19 pitted the state's political and law enforcement establishment against determined activists seeking to end the prohibition of pot.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans captured Democratic governorships in at least 10 states on Tuesday, including some prime presidential battlegrounds, and hoped for even more statehouse gains. The same tide sweeping Republicans into office in Congress was leaving its mark on governors' mansions as well, especially in the nation's industrial heartland.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Minority candidates rode the GOP surge on Tuesday, with Latinos and Indian-Americans capturing historic governorships and two black Republicans heading to Congress for the first time since 1997. In New Mexico, Susana Martinez became the nation's first female Hispanic governor. Nikki Haley, whose parents were born India, won a closer-than-expected race to become South Carolina's first female governor, and Brian Sandoval became Nevada's first Hispanic governor.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says in his new memoir that he considered running for re-election in 2004 without Dick Cheney as his vice presidential candidate. After much thought, he ultimately decided to keep Cheney on the ticket. Bush said he wanted to put an end to assertions by critics that Cheney was the real decision-maker and to "demonstrate that I was in charge."
BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida's front group in Iraq is threatening more attacks on Christians after a bloody siege on a Baghdad church earlier this week. The Islamic State of Iraq says in a statement released late Tuesday that Christians are "legitimate targets" and that the "killing sword will not be lifted from ... (their) necks."
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos agreed Tuesday to strengthen ties through energy projects as they sought to improve relations and leave behind recent bitter disputes. They agreed to resurrect plans for a natural gas pipeline stretching from Venezuela to Central America and also revived a proposal to build an oil pipeline from Venezuela's oil fields to Colombia's Pacific coast. Venezuela's state oil company will resume fuel sales to Colombian border states and Chavez invited Colombian oil company Ecopetrol to seek a deal to pump oil in Venezuela's crude-rich Orinoco River basin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On Monday, Rick Fox earned his highest "Dancing With the Stars" scores yet. But on Tuesday, the basketball star was bounced from the ballroom. The 41-year-old was ousted from the hit ABC show during a special election-night program that commemorated the 200th episode of "Dancing."
MIAMI (AP) — Edwin Rodriguez will get to start what he finished — a season as manager of the Florida Marlins. After considering other candidates, the Marlins decided to keep Rodriguez, a person familiar with the search said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins weren't planning an announcement until Wednesday. Rodriguez became the first Puerto Rican manager in the major leagues when he took over as interim manager June 23 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Rodriguez, who has been in baseball 30 years, managed Florida's Triple-A team in New Orleans before getting his first big league job.