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Listed below are some of the headlines that made news this past week.

-With seven days to go until the election, President Barack Obama has recaptured a narrow national lead over Mitt Romney, riding increased support from women and an edge in early voting. – Politico

-Hurricane Sandy slammed into the U.S. Monday, its powerful gusts and storm surges causing once-in-a-generation flooding along the way. The huge storm produced sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. – New York Times

-The U.S. economy grew 2.0% in the third quarter, fueled by higher consumer and government spending and more home building, according to a preliminary government estimate.– MarketWatch

-A Hawaii tsunami warning that spurred coastal evacuations statewide was downgraded early Sunday, ending the threat of serious damage hours after a massive earthquake occured off the coast of Canada. – Wall Street Journal

-Biologists in Oregon report they’ve produced early-stage human embryos with genes from three parents, a new method they hope someday may keep babies from inheriting rare diseases carried by maternal genes. – USA Today

-An urgent request for military back-up during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11 and subsequent attack several hours later was denied by the CIA chain of command – who also told CIA operators there twice to “stand down” when shots were heard. – Fox News

-The SpaceX Dragon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean after a three-week flight to the International Space Station, completing the first commercial cargo mission to Earth’s orbit. – CNN

-Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are expected to begin repaying taxpayers for their bailout faster than initially projected, in part because of an improving housing market. – Wall Street Journal

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