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News Briefs: Oct. 29-Nov. 3

UNITED STATES—After Tuesday’s midterm elections, Republicans have taken hold of the U.S. House of Representatives with 239 seats in the House now being held by Republicans and 183 by Democrats (not including 13 undecided seats). Democrats still have the majority of seats in the U.S. Senate, but Republicans gained six seats in the Senate. An overall win in the House for Republicans could mean President Barack Obama will have to fight off opposition to such legislation as his health care bill. (

HONDURAS—Fourteen people were killed this weekend when unknown gunmen pulled up to a field where people were playing football and shot victims at point blank range. Other people were also wounded. Honduras could end the year with the world’s highest murder rate. (

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Four shootings at military facilities last month have been linked to a shooting at a Coast Guard recruiting office this week in Virginia. The recruiting office was struck by a bullet Tuesday morning. In October, there were four shootings at the Pentagon, the National Museum of the Marine Corps and a vacant Marine recruiting station. No one has been injured in any of these incidents. (

HAITI—Though tropical storm Tomas has been downgraded, it could still turn into a hurricane as it heads toward Haiti. While aid groups currently lack emergency food, water and sanitation supplies, a U.S. Navy ship was headed toward Haiti on Tuesday to provide some disaster relief. Many in Haiti are still living in shelters or tents, and cholera has been spreading throughout the country. (

GERMANY—A group of researchers have created a retinal implant that has allowed three blind people to see shapes and objects in only a matter of days. The three that have already received the implant were able to read a clock face and also differentiate between several different shades of grey. The device is placed under the retina, replacing light receptors lost in retinal degeneration. (

UNITED KINGDOM—Friday, two parcel bombs were found on cargo planes in the U.K. and Dubai. The planes were bound for the U.S. and originated in Yemen, and the explosives were concealed in printer cartridges. Britain’s interior minister this week announced that a suspected member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) was arrested earlier this year. Aqap is believed to be behind the parcel attack on Friday. (

Annie Zak

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