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5 groups to watch in Ohio as Election Day nears

- Associated Press

The final two months of campaigning in Ohio will determine if Republicans continue their four-year control of statewide offices topped by governor, and of both chambers of the state Legislature. Here are five political groups that are seeking to wield their influence:

5 things to know about Maine's upcoming election

- Associated Press

Maine candidates are heading into the final stretch and all eyes are on the battle for the Blaine House. While the tight three-person race for governor is likely to get the most attention this fall, the contest for Maine's open 2nd Congressional District seat and local races that will determine which party controls the state House and Senate are also sure to be highly competitive.

5 things to know about Rhode Island's primary

- Associated Press

Here are five things to know about Rhode Island's Sept. 9 primary, which features hard-fought races in both parties for the gubernatorial nomination and a heated battle for the Democratic nod for Providence mayor.

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

- Associated Press

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, State Sen. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, center, confers with Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, right, and Sen. Philip Bartlett, D-Gorham, left, during a caucus in the Senate President's office at the State House in Augusta, Maine. After a nearly five-decade career that included an unprecedented 10 terms as House speaker, Martin lost in a shocking defeat in 2012. The 73-year-old is among dozens of former lawmakers vying to return in the 2014 midterm election. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

Former Maine lawmakers vying for a seat in Augusta

- Associated Press

After a nearly five-decade career in the Maine Legislature that ended in a shocking defeat two years ago, it would seem that John Martin would be ready to enjoy some peace and quiet.

In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 photo from a television monitor, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown is seen in one of his commercials.  Brown has run frequent ads targeting Democrat incumbent Jeanne Shaheen while barely mentioning his opponents in the Sept. 9 primary: former U.S. Sen. Bob Smith and former state Sen. Jim Rubens.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Late New Hampshire primary can make November focus

- Associated Press

New Hampshire's late state primary leaves relatively little time for the winners to pivot toward the general election, so some candidates and parties are already thinking about November.

Judge: McComb gets neglected cemetery

Associated Press

The judge's bench was a folding table and a folding chair was the witness stand when a Pike County judge turned Greenwood Cemetery over to the City of McComb.

Indiana cases could define conflict of interest

- Associated Press

The question of what constitutes a conflict of interest and why it matters for public officials has run throughout a string of high-profile ethics scandals in Indiana recently.