ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) â€” Four days after the election, President Barack Obama can finally claim victory in Florida. The state finished counting votes today and Obama was declared the winner, giving him a 332-to-206 final margin over Mitt Romney in the Electoral College.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) â€” Republican Congressman Allen West is refusing to concede even as the state says he lost his re-election bid to Democrat Patrick Murphy by more than 2,400 votes. In a complete though unofficial tally, Murphy's lead is larger than the amount that would trigger an automatic recount. West's campaign says he won't concede until St. Lucie County allows him to examine poll records to satisfy his concerns about votes being miscounted.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” The latest figures from power companies in New York and New Jersey show more than a quarter million customers are still without power as a result of Superstorm Sandy and this week's nor'easter. Meanwhile hundreds of volunteers have been helping to sort donated goods, deliver supplies and check on residents in Staten Island, the Rockaways and Coney Island.
BEIRUT (AP) â€” Suicide car bombings have ripped through a Syrian government base in the city where the uprising against President Bashar Assad began. An opposition group says at least 20 soldiers were killed in the explosions in the southern city of Daraa. Activists say the attacks were followed by clashes between regime forces and rebels.
WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) â€” The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake centered in Kentucky has been felt in several other states. The 4.3 magnitude quake was centered about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky. Residents in Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia reported feeling it.
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