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PALIN SUGGESTS SHE IS NOW A GOP FIXTURE

TOLEDO, Ohio

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin indicated Wednesday that she will not disappear from the national political scene if the GOP ticket loses on Tuesday. "Absolutely not. I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that ... that would ... bring this whole ... I'm not doing this for naught," Palin said in an interview with ABC News, according to excerpts of a transcript released by the television network. Palin was steadfast in saying Republican presidential nominee John McCain would defeat Democrat Barack Obama.

Ethics complaint: A new ethics complaint against Palin accuses the Alaska governor of charging the state when her children traveled with her. The complaint released Wednesday says Palin charged the travel costs for events her children were not invited to and where they served no legitimate state business.

LEXINGTON, Ky.

Effigy of Obama is found on campus

A life-sized likeness of Barack Obama was found hanging from a tree with a noose around its neck Wednesday at the University of Kentucky, the second time in about a month such an effigy of the Democratic presidential nominee was reported on a college campus. University president Lee Todd said he planned to apologize to the Obama family on behalf of the school and that he is "personally offended and deeply embarrassed by this disgusting episode." Federal authorities have been notified, Todd said. He said the effigy violates the university's code of ethics.

Palin, too: In West Hollywood, Calif., authorities were looking into a Halloween display depicting a mannequin of Palin hanging from a noose. The display also showed her running mate, John McCain, surrounded by fake flames.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio

McCain criticizes paper over tape

McCain and Palin accused the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday of protecting Obama by withholding a videotape of the Democrat attending a 2003 party for Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American professor and critic of Israel. The paper said it had written about the event in April and would not release the tape because of a promise to the source who provided it. McCain and Palin called Khalidi a former spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization, a characterization Khalidi denies. McCain also has ties to Khalidi through a group Khalidi helped found 15 years ago. The Center for Palestine Research and Studies received at least $448,000 from an organization McCain chairs.

MINNEAPOLIS

Comedian is in a Senate tossup race

From the Department of You Can't Make This Stuff Up: Comedian and Porn-O-Rama! author Al Franken may end up in the U.S. Senate, swept in mostly by an anti-Republican wave that threatens Sen. Norm Coleman. Franken, the Saturday Night Live writer and performer whose own party saw no humor in the X-rated essay and initially shunned him, and Coleman are in a Senate race - the most expensive in the country - that is now considered a tossup. The Democratic establishment is now firmly behind Franken, in no small part because he could help the party reach or at least approach a 60-vote Senate majority required to block Republican filibusters.

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