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From NPR News in Washington, I am Jack Speer.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has won a second term in office, the Republican defeating Democratic Barbara Buono. NPR's Joel Rose has more.

Chris Christie cruise to an ease victory. Christie was popular even before Hurricane Sandy, but his approving rating soared in the wake of storm as he helped lead New Jersey's recovery. Christie is thought to be positioning himself to run for president in 2016 as a moderate alternative to the more conservative wing of the GOP and his reelection should do nothing to discourage those ambitions. Christie's opponent Democratic State Senator Barbara Buono tried to persuade voters that she was more interested in governing New Jersey than seeking national office but she was never able to compete with Christie's name recognition or superior fund raising. Joel Rose, NPR News.

The Virginian governor's races turning out to be a lot more interesting than someone believed might be the case. This point is no call yet in the race putting Democratic Party insider Terry McAuliffe against Republican Tea Party favored Ken Cuccinelli. Records amounts of money floating into McAuliffe's campaign would spite that race appears to be far tighter than many expected. Cuccinelli has focused on attacking President Obama's signature healthcare law. Meanwhile polls are close in this hour in New York City where new mayor has been elected, replacing long time office holder Michael Bloomberg.

Illinois is about to become the 15th state to legalize same sex marriage after both chambers of states legislature passed a bill to allow same sex couples to marriage. NPR's David Schaper reports Illinois governor has vowed the measure he would be signing into the law.

Illinois's senator first to approve the measure legalizing same sex marriage last Valentine's Day. But the bill languished in Illinois's house for months. Sponsors would not even call it for a vote until they believe they had enough support.

"As all voters' wish."

Which is finally happening in late afternoon.

"Please state for the record, on this question there are 61 voting yes, 54 voting no, two voting present, and this bill having received a constitutional majority is hereby declared passed."

Supporters in the gallery stood in cheer after the bill won approval with just one vote to spare. Illinois governor Pat Quinn says legalizing gay marriage puts the state on the right side of history. David Schaper, NPR News, Chicago.

Key measure of home prices was up slightly in September. CoreLogic, a firm tracks real estate prices, says its home prices index rose 0.2% in September from previous month while below the increases posted during previous two months, while the firm says prices compared to a year ago are still up more than 12% nationwide. Higher mortgage interest rates coupled the escalating home prices have begun to weigh on sales. Even so the average rate on fix rates on mortgage loans is still about 4% within half a point near its historic lows.

A mixed close on Wall Street today with investors poor additional third quarter earning numbers, the DOW was down 20 points to close at 15,618, the NASDAQ gain three points ending the session at 3,939, the S&P 500 closed down four points to 1,762.

You are listening to NPR News in Washington.

President Obama said US businesses are looking for quick passage of immigration reform on Capitol Hill. President's meeting today with business leaders at the White House as part of efforts to pressure house members to pass legislation to overhaul the current immigration system. US chamber of commerce is lobbying law makers to pass the measure and tomorrow the AFLCIO will announce its plans to push the passage. Senates already approved the legislation that will secure the nation's borders while at the same time providing a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who entered the US illegally.

Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Israel to try to push forward peace negotiations between the Israel and Palestinian authorities. NPR's Emily Harris explains he comes as patience on both sides is starting to wear thin.

Kerry's first stop with a memorial to former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin who is assassinated 18 years ago. The Oslo peace deal signed under Rabin did not lead to the end of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. At the memorial Kerry said he is still trying.

"I come here without any illusions about the difficulties but I come here determine to work with leaders with prime minister, with president of Palestinian authority to try to find a way forward."

He will meet both leaders on Wednesday. Already this week one Israeli law maker has accused the Palestinians of showing no flexibility and Palestinian authority president has said the talks have produced no results so far. Emily Harris, NPR News, Jerusalem.

Mystery of giant four-story barge, Google has been building in San Francisco bay, continues to unfold. So far Google has managed to conceal the purpose of the structure. Privacy experts, environmentalists and legal authorities say they are concerned about whether Google by placing the structure on barges may be trying to avoid city building permits.

I am Jack Speer, NPR News in Washington.

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