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A voter casts a ballot at an absentee voting station in Fairfax, Va. Many polling places are preparing for the possibility of violence on Election Day.

Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst

At a hearing last month on the possible hacking of voting machines, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he was more worried about something else. The real threat on Election Day, said Schedler, is violence at the polls.

Ecuador has been hosting WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its embassy in London for more than four years. Ecuador acknowledged Tuesday it has limited his Internet access because of the website's release of stolen emails that have affected the U.S. presidential campaign

Ecuador Acknowledges It Restricted WikiLeaks Founder's Internet Connection

Ecuador acknowledges it restricted the Internet access of Julian Assange, who has lived at the country's London embassy for more than four years.

The government of President Rafael Correa released a statement that notes Assange's WikiLeaks website has published "a wealth of documents, impacting on the U.S. election campaign." The statement says the website released those documents on its own, and Ecuador "respects the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states."

Pesticides called "neonics" are popular among farmers, but also have been blamed for killing bees. In Canada, the province of Ontario is trying to crack down on neonics, with mixed results.

Cut Down On Bee-Killing Pesticides? Ontario Finds It's Easier Said Than Done

Nobody loves pesticides, exactly. But one kind of pesticide, called neonicotinoids, is provoking a particularly bitter debate right now between environmentalists and farmers. The chemicals are highly toxic to bees. Some scientists think they are partly to blame for the decline in pollinators.

For the past year, the province of Ontario, in Canada, has responded to the controversy with a novel experiment. Ontario's government is asking farmers to prove that they actually need neonicotinoids, often called neonics. It turns out that "need" is a word that's hard to define.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Trump Proposes Term Limits For Congress

How would Donald Trump "drain the swamp" in Washington as he puts it? Two words: term limits.

At a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Trump said if elected in November he will "push for a constitutional amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress."

Iran Sentences Iranian-American Father And Son To 10 Years In Prison

An Iranian-American father and son have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, according to the Iranian state-run judicial news agency. The State Department is calling for their immediate release and says they are "unjustly detained."

Siamak and Baquer Namazi were convicted of "cooperating with the U.S government against Iran," NPR's Michele Kelemen tells All Things Considered.

Crews work to stop a gas leak at a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility in Los Angeles in December 2015. A federal interagency task force has released dozens of pipeline safety recommendations to prevent another leak.

White House Report Calls For Safer Natural Gas Storage

The Obama administration is announcing a series of recommendations for ensuring the safety of the nation's more than 400 underground natural gas storage wells.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a recently released Guantanamo Bay prisoner who wrote the best-selling book <em>Guantanamo Diary, </em>in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

Author Of 'Guantanamo Diary' Released From Military Prison

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was imprisoned by the United States in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 14 years, was released on Monday, according to the Pentagon.

Joel McKinney stands beside a hydroponic tower that is part of his farm outside the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank.

In Coal Country, Farmers Get Creative To Bridge The Fresh Produce Gap

In coal country, thousands of miners have lost jobs. While there aren't any easy solutions, in West Virginia, two farmers are doing what they can to keep wealth in their community and provide healthy food to more people.

In the parking lot of the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Bank in McDowell County, squash and basil are growing in 18 tall white towers without any dirt. It's a farming method called hydroponics. The vegetables sprout from tiny holes as water and nutrients flood the roots.

Once-a-day HIV pills that combine multiple medicines, such as Truvada, are easier to take, but they can be more expensive than pills that contain only one active ingredient.

7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients

The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurers from discriminating against people with serious illnesses, but some marketplace plans sidestep that taboo by making the drugs that people with HIV need unavailable or unaffordable, complaints filed recently with the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights allege.

A waning gibbous moon occultation will be visible Tuesday night in parts of the United States.

Get Ready For Halloween By Watching The Moon's 'Occultation' Tonight

Stargazers, ready your telescopes: An unusual lunar event is going to be visible across large portions of the U.S.

It's called an "occultation," in which the waning gibbous moon will pass over the huge, bright orange star of Aldebaran. We thought the phenomenon's spooky name might be just the thing to get geared up for Halloween.