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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
Obama wins Florida votes

President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000.


No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.


The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.


There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday's results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.


LOUISVILLE, Ky.
4.3 magnitude quake hits

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that an earthquake centered in Kentucky also rattled at least eight other states.


The USGS website says the epicenter of the 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Saturday afternoon was about 10 miles west of Whitesburg, near the Virginia line. Residents in both states, as well as West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Indiana, Ohio and Georgia, also reported feeling the temblor.


National Weather Service spokesman Jeff Carico said employees at the office in Jackson, which is about 60 miles northwest of Whitesburg, felt the ground shake for about 15 seconds. He says the office has gotten numerous calls, but so far no one has reported any serious damage.


USGS geophysicist John Bellini said the quake is considered light.


CAIRO
Four killed in train collision

Two trains traveling south of the Egyptian capital collided on Saturday, killing at least four people, officials said.


An error from the switch operator is believed to have caused the accident, security officials said. The two trains, one coming from Cairo and another from the south, were traveling between two villages near Fayyoum, an oasis province 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of Cairo.


The Health Ministry said in comments published by the state news agency that four people were killed and 30 injured. Earlier, security officials said five were killed.


The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.


NEW YORK
Still no power for 130,000

A New York utility says some Long Island residents won't get power until Tuesday even as thousands of linemen and tree trimmers work to restore power lines damaged by Hurricane Sandy.


About 130,000 homes and businesses remain without power, down from a peak of 1 million. Long Island Power Authority chief Michael Hervey said Saturday that power will be back on in 99 percent of those homes by Tuesday. That doesn't count buildings too damaged to get electricity.


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