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Obama's re-election: a time for prayer?

Dear Lord... Energy firm boss's prayer after Obama re-election

For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Barack Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer — and layoffs.

Black voters were crucial in swing states

Black voters turn out strongly in swing states

For many African Americans, this election was not just about holding on to history, but also confronting what they perceived as a shadowy campaign to suppress the black vote.

An Obama rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on the last day of the President’s election campaign

Obama wins four more years as Romney challenge is crushed

America’s women, young and minorities back President – and he heralds victory via Twitter

Romney insists victory is his 'destiny' as he begins final push

Mitt Romney spent the eve of the election completing a frantic dash across four swing states that could still provide him with a narrow path to the White House, insisting to supporters that America is "one day away from a new beginning, one day from a fresh start."

Romney's ‘staged’ Sandy relief event

With Sandy blown, the race must go on. But it's certainly not making life as a campaign manager any easier. When Mitt Romney turned a recent event into a disaster relief rally, aides worried that supporters would ruin the photo-op by arriving without supplies to donate.

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, second from left, speaks about superstorm Sandy during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency HQ in Washington

President Obama to visit storm victims in New Jersey

President Barack Obama, locked in a tight re-election bid, is joining with one of his top Republican critics today to visit victims of superstorm Sandy, giving Americans a high-profile display of presidential leadership while leaving rival Mitt Romney awkwardly on the sidelines less than a week before Election Day.

Barack Obama returned to the White House to co-ordinate the federal response to Sandy

Devastation sees election machines grind to halt

But Romney prepares for risky return to the campaign trail today with rally in Florida

Barack Obama's two-day campaign blitz travels through eight states with stops in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia

Ohio vote-counting machines – brought to you by the Romneys

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has been hit by accusations about his links to a firm which provides the vote-counting machines that will be used in the crucial state of Ohio, as the tightly fought race increases concerns about voter fraud.

Ohio's voting machines – brought to you by the Romneys

Manufacturer's ties to candidate's son and donors raise concerns about unfair influence on result

President Obama has retained the vote among young people

Youth vote still favours Obama but his 'novelty factor' is gone

Never mind November. For the nearly 30,000 students enrolled at Iowa State University, the chance to choose between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama comes now. Starting today and ending on Friday, they will be encouraged to cast their ballots at early voting stations dotted across the campus.

Mitt Romney in Ohio for second day as hopes rise among Republicans that he can snatch the state and clear his path to the presidency

If until recently Romney's troops were openly fretting that Ohio and therefore the whole race was slipping from their grasp, the feeling now is that the state may yet be won

Afghan Whigs, Koko, London

Thirteen years since this band last played London, the concerns of singular frontman Greg Dulli have not changed a jot. “Please have sex up there," he asks, eyeing the balconies’ occupants. “I wanna see those ecstasy faces.”

At least 13 people killed in violent US storms

At least 13 people have died and three million were left without power after violent storms pummelled the eastern United States.

A series of photographs, a stetson worn by Annie Oakley and a 12 Gauge Parker Brothers Shotgun were among the items that went up for auction

Annie, get your $143,400 ...

A shotgun used by Annie Oakley, the famous sharp-shooter whose career was the subject of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun, has sold for $143,400 (£92,000) in Dallas.

400 more jobs go at Clinton Cards

More than 400 people lost their jobs today after another wave of stores was closed at collapsed retailer Clinton Cards.

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

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