After a year and a half of stirring America's political pot, the tea party and its followers on Election Day won about 35 percent of the seats they targeted. Going forward, the tea party may find its strength to be at the state and local level.
US Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona and his wife, Cindy McCain, address the media as they leave a polling station in Phoenix as Apollo, a dog owned by McCain's son Jimmy, licks the camera.
A journalist and a political scientist search out the patterns in American diversity.
Authorities say a plane crash in southwest Washington state killed all three aboard, Tuesday. The site is yet unreachable due to snow impasse.
Beige Book is the Federal Reserve's periodic survey of economic conditions around the US.
A quarter moon is visible in this oblique view of Earth's horizon and airglow, recorded with a digital still camera on the final mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia. Columbia's crew was killed on Feb. 1, 2003 when the shuttle broke up on re-entry into Earth's atmosphere.
Men paint faces of artists participating in a Dussehra procession in Allahabad, India. The Dussehra festival commemorates the victory of Rama over Ravana, an evil ruler who had abducted Rama's wife, Sita Devi. Rama killed Ravana to free Sita. The burning of effigies of Ravana, signifying the victory of good over evil, brings the festivities to a close. It was celebrated on Oct. 17.
Are the Democrats a party in desperate need of an ideology?
Challenges to the new health-care law have met with some sympathy in court. Twenty-one states argue it's unconstitutional to require individuals to buy health insurance, as the law requires. Here's a guide to the cases.