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A vocal critic of the Iraq war and the Bush administration has died. In 2004, Army veteran Tomas Young deployed to Baghdad, where a bullet left him paralyzed. Young passed away at his home in Seattle.
The Tampa Tribune reports that state election officials increasingly are not bothering to tally write-in votes. It's a tragedy for Mickey Mouse, who as a resident of Florida, was often named.
Satirist Conrad Koch of South Africa denies that his puppet Chester Missing engaged in hate speech. When asked why someone takes a puppet to court, Chester Missing tweeted "You need to be a dummy."
UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura stood amid the ruins of Homs, Syria, this week, saying it is time for a new approach. He's pushing for a local truce between the regime and rebels.
As the clock runs on a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal limiting Iran's nuclear program, talks are more secretive and pressure from deal opponents is intensifying.
The federal health exchange website is live this week for window shopping and people will begin to purchase new health insurance there on Saturday. But the Affordable Care Act still has many political and legal challenges ahead.