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With control of Congress at stake, President Bush cast his ballot in Crawford, Texas, and urged all other eligible Americans to do the same in what figured to be the most competitive midterm elections in half a century. Bush said the outcome "is going to be settled by a relatively small number of votes."

The CIA used a Hellfire missile to kill one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants and five associates as they traveled in a car in Yemen Sunday, an anonymous US official said. A Yemeni security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed Qaed Salim Senyan al-Harethi had been under surveillance for months, and information regarding his activities was relayed to US forces long before the missile strike. The Defense Department and CIA have refused to comment on the incident.

US Roman Catholic bishops released a revised draft of their sex-abuse policy first presented in June. Priests accused of such abuse would undergo a preliminary investigation, during which they'd remain in the ministry. Priests found guilty of an act of sexual abuse would be removed immediately. Some victims' groups said they were dissatisfied with the new text, claiming that the process keeps investigations confidential, allowing abusive priests to remain unidentified longer.

Jewish Defense League militant Irv Rubin was declared brain dead after what federal authorities called a suicide attempt. Rubin, who was awaiting trial on charges that he plotted to bomb a mosque and the offices of an Arab-American congressman, was within hours of a scheduled court appearance in the matter.

Teenage Beltway sniper suspect John Lee Malvo was ordered detained at a closed hearing in a Maryland court Monday. A judge also ruled that Malvo's records related to the case remain sealed. Meanwhile, fellow suspect John Allen Muhammad was expected in federal court Tuesday to determine whether he should be held until trial.

The US armed forces should give priority to developing nonlethal weapons, according to a long-awaited report by the National Research Council. It recommended weapons that do not kill, such as sticky sprays or foul-smelling chemicals for peacekeeping missions, and called for the establishment of research centers that would develop them. The Sunshine Project, a chemical and biological arms-monitoring group, criticized the report, claiming its findings would encourage development of chemical weapons.

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