Good morning, and happy Thursday. Here are some of the stories we’re following today:
1. What do the GOP midterm gains mean for Obama?
President Barack Obama vowed to look ahead and “take care of business” with Republicans following their capture of both the Senate and the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections. But while Washington looks to get a handle on the nation’s biggest problems — from balancing the budget to eradicating ISIS — there are still unanswered questions for the last two years of Obama’s presidency and the future of the country. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Younger, more diverse class of Republicans emerges
Diversity was once the hallmark of the Democrats. But the idea of party inclusion has become a much-touted reality for the GOP thanks to its wins this election cycle. For instance, the average age of the new class of Senate Republican freshmen is just under 50 years old — compared to 62 in the 113th Congress. And those Republicans winning a seat to Congress include the first woman to represent Iowa, the first female senator from West Virginia, the first elected black senator from South Carolina and the first black (and Haitian American) GOP congresswoman ever. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Manhunt ends in arrest of 4chan murder suspect
David Michael Kalac surrendered to Oregon police Wednesday night after he earlier eluded police in a car chase. Kalac was charged with second-degree murder involving domestic violence after the body of his live-in girlfriend, Amber Lynn Coplin, was discovered Tuesday afternoon in the apartment they shared in Port Orchard, Washington. Her murder shocked Internet users after a person claiming to be the killer posted photos of her purported body on the online forum 4chan, along with a chilling message. Read more in NEWS.
4. Abducted Philadelphia woman found safe
The 22-year-old victim of a violent street abduction in Philadelphia was reunited with her family Wednesday — a happy ending to a case that left the city on edge. “I’m taking my baby home. Thank you,” the mother of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither told reporters. But police are still unraveling what led her alleged kidnapper, described as a “vicious predator,” to grab the young woman and take her to Maryland. Read more at NBC PHILADELPHIA.
5. AC/DC drummer charged with hiring hit men
Phil Rudd appeared in a New Zealand courtroom Thursday accused of trying to arrange two killings, as well as possessing drugs. He was charged with attempting to “procure murder,” which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence. Rudd, 60, has played with the legendary Australian hard rock band since 1975, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Read more in NEWS.
6. ‘I’m not reckless’: Ebola nurse defends herself
Dallas nurse Amber Vinson contracted Ebola in Texas after helping to treat Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan. She has since fully recovered, and in an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer that aired Thursday, Vinson addressed criticism that she shouldn’t have boarded a plane to Ohio despite knowing she had a higher temperature. “I'm not careless. I'm not reckless,” Vinson said, adding, “I would never go outside of guidelines or boundaries or something directly from the CDC telling me that I can’t go, I can’t fly.” Read more at TODAY.
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