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RNC launches ads in 40 media markets, Bloomberg sends millions to help Dems keep Senate

WASHINGTON - The Republican National Committee began running ads in 40 media markets Tuesday mostly targeting incumbent senators who supported President Barack Obama's health care program. Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, meanwhile, gave $2.5 million to help Democrats defend their majority in the Senate.

Despite blow-out victory, big obstacles for New York mayor-elect

By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named his transition team and met with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday, a day after he won America's biggest city back for Democrats with a 49-point victory over his Republican rival. Following a campaign in which he promised to address economic inequality and transform police practices, de Blasio promised to create a diverse administration to match New York's ethnic and gender demographics.

Bill de Blasio elected mayor of New York

Progressive Democrat Bill de Blasio has been elected mayor of New York, replacing billionaire Michael Bloomberg, US media reported Tuesday. "Thank you, New York City," de Blasio's campaign tweeted just after the close of polls. De Blasio will succeed Bloomberg in January. bd/vlk/sg

New York votes for new mayor after Bloomberg

Millions of New Yorkers go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor, with left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio tipped for a landslide victory to replace billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The 52-year-old public advocate and his black formerly lesbian wife promise a new style to a city transformed by 12 years of tough love under Bloomberg, who is not standing again. De Blasio's campaign has left Republican rival Joe Lhota trailing in the dust, picking up on the worries of the economically vulnerable middle class and tapping into a once reliably Democratic electorate.

New York votes for new mayor after Bloomberg

Millions of New Yorkers go to the polls Tuesday to elect a new mayor, with left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio tipped for a landslide victory to replace billionaire Michael Bloomberg. The 52-year-old public advocate and his black formerly lesbian wife promise a new style to a city transformed by 12 years of tough love under Bloomberg, who is not standing again. De Blasio's campaign has left Republican rival Joe Lhota trailing in the dust, picking up on the worries of the economically vulnerable middle class and tapping into a once reliably Democratic electorate.

New York poised to usher in de Blasio as new mayor

Left-wing progressive Bill de Blasio is poised to secure a landslide victory in New York's mayoral elections next week after executing a near-flawless campaign. De Blasio, whose public sector background and policies sit uneasily with the gigantic wealth of the establishment, appears certain of election victory, possibly by a historic margin on Tuesday. By placing his black, former lesbian wife and teenage children center stage, he appears to have connected to ordinary middle-class families and a vastly diverse electorate, if his mammoth poll leads are anything to go by.

US high court justice recovering after shoulder injury

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was recovering from shoulder surgery Saturday after injuring himself in a bicycle fall, court officials said. Breyer, 74, suffered a fractured shoulder following an accident in Washington on Friday during which he fell from his bike, a statement said. "The surgery was successful and the justice is resting comfortably," the statement added. "He is expected to be released from the hospital early in the week."

US Supreme Court judge Breyer given French honor

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, known for his love of the French language, has been inducted into France's Academy of Moral and Political Sciences as one of only a few foreign members. The 74-year-old Breyer has taken up the seat in the academy -- one of the five academies of the Institut de France -- formerly held by the last heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, Otto Habsburg, who died in July 2011.

Source: QB Kolb agrees to 2-year deal with Bills

Kevin Kolb is getting another chance at a fresh start, this time with the quarterback-needy Buffalo Bills.A person familiar with negotiations said the free-agent sixth-year player agreed to a two-year contract potentially worth over $12 million with Buffalo on Saturday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Bills haven’t announced the move.Several media outlets, including ESPN.com and The Buffalo News, first reported the agreement. Kolb spent the past two seasons in Arizona, where injuries hampered his opportunity to prove himself as a starter.
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