- - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says Missouri voters can send a powerful signal to “the moneyed Republican establishment” by electing Rep. W. Todd Akin over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Mr. Gingrich joined Mr. Akin for a rally Wednesday with about 100 supporters in Kansas City. He said an Akin victory not only could help Republicans gain a Senate majority, but could teach a lesson to national GOP leaders — including presidential hopeful Mitt Romney — who abandoned Mr. Akin after he remarked that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in what Mr. Akin called “legitimate rape.”

Mr. Akin apologized but rejected calls to quit.

Dozens of McCaskill supporters protested Wednesday’s rally with signs referencing Mr. Akin’s rape remark. Ms. McCaskill was to campaign later Wednesday in St. Louis — her first event since her mother’s death Monday.


Sandy cancels Halloween at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

There’s no trick-or-treating at the White House this Halloween.

After three straight years of passing out goodies to area students and military children in the White House driveway, President Obama and his wife, Michelle, broke their Halloween tradition this year because of superstorm Sandy that walloped the East Coast.

Hundreds of treat bags containing White House M&Ms, an orange-frosted, pumpkin-shaped sugar cookie, jelly beans and some dried fruit were be delivered to the White House Military Office and to school districts in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia that would have participated in the celebration.

Pumpkins used to decorate the White House will be donated to area shelters.


Rates show job gains appear widespread

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all large U.S. cities in September from August, a sign that recent jobs gains have been widespread.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that rates declined in 355 of the 372 metro areas, the most since April. The report also shows that nearly half of cities now have unemployment rates below 7 percent.

And the number of areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent dropped to 35. That’s down from 84 a year ago.

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