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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Monday, November 3, 2014
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Republicans could be on the verge of taking over the Senate, a right-to-die advocate ends her journey, and a daredevil walks between two Chicago skyscrapers – on a tightrope and blindfolded.
It's Monday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."
1. ELECTION DAY
Last-minute sprint: It's that time, when hundreds of politicians make a mad dash to earn your vote. At stake: All 435 seats in the House and party control in the Senate. And at this point, Republicans look like they could gain control of the Senate. But what if the Senate splits? For Vice President Joe Biden, that would be a BFD.
2. SPACESHIPTWO ACCIDENT
Rocky road to space: A lock-unlock lever on the doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo was moved earlier than it should have been, the National Transportation Safety Board said. But the agency's acting chairman stressed it was unclear whether pilot error, mechanical problems or a host of other possibilities caused the spacecraft to disintegrate in the air, killing one of the two co-pilots. And it's not clear what will happen to the program that was going to shuttle a slew of celebrities into space.
3. BRITTANY MAYNARD
'Love and peace to you all': Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old right-to-die advocate, ended her life by taking medication under Oregon's "Death with Dignity Act." Maynard, who had stage IV glioblastoma multiforme, had recently checked off the last item on her bucket list. Her death was announced the same day another terminally ill young woman, Lauren Hill, received her wish of playing in a collegiate basketball game.
4. DAREDEVIL SKYWALK
600 feet above ground: Apparently, it's not enough to walk between Chicago skyscrapers on a tightrope. Daredevil Nik Wallenda thought it'd be a good idea to do part of it blindfolded, too. So he did.
5. $3 GAS
Can this get any better? Yes. Prices at the pump nationwide are the lowest they've been in nearly four years, and in most of the country, that's under $3, AAA said. And there's more good news: AAA expects prices to dip even further and stay "relatively low" heading into the Thanksgiving and Christmas travel seasons. So now you really have no excuse to visit the in-laws for the holidays.
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