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ROMNEY WINS KEY NOVEMBER SWING STATE IN NC: RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina voters overwhelmingly supported Mitt Romney in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and the chance to face President Barack Obama in November.

North Carolina has become a key battleground state, and it is consider integral by both campaigns to securing the general election.

In addition to North Carolina, Romney won victories Tuesday night in Indiana and West Virginia pushing him closer to the 1,144 delegates he needs to clinch the GOP nomination. The three victories will hand him 100 or so delegates of the 288 he still needs.

In North Carolina, Romney easily defeated Ron Paul, who was the only other person still in the race on the ballot. Even though they have dropped out of the race, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were both still on the ballot as well.

1 MORE FRESH FACE FOR DC AS MOURDOCK BEATS LUGAR: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana will get a new look in Washington next year after tea party favorite Richard Mourdock knocked off six-term incumbent Richard Lugar in the Republican Senate primary and voters in at least three U.S. House districts prepared to elect fresh faces.

DRY NJ RESORT VOTES TO STAY THAT WAY, REJECTS BYOB: OCEAN CITY, N.J. (AP) — The same disdain for alcohol that drove Christian clergymen to establish this Jersey shore town that calls itself America's Greatest Family Resort led voters to overwhelmingly reject a proposal Tuesday that would have let restaurant patrons bring their own wine or beer to enjoy with dinner.

A referendum on whether BYOB should be allowed was soundly rejected by a 2-to-1 margin. Final unofficial tallies showed the referendum received 3,137 "no" votes, and 1,425 "yes" votes.

GUN PARTS FOUND IN STUFFED ANIMALS AT RI AIRPORT: WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Police at Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport say a domestic dispute was somehow behind an incident in which gun components and ammunition were found hidden inside a child's stuffed animals.

Federal transportation officials say the 4-year-old boy and his father were traveling to Detroit Monday when a Transportation Security Administration officer noticed the disassembled .40-calilber gun concealed within the toys.

Authorities allowed the man and his son to continue their travels after concluding he posed no threat. The unnamed man told police he didn't know the components were inside the toys.

TWITTER FIGHTS SUBPOENA IN NYC OCCUPY ARREST CASE: NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is resisting an attempt by prosecutors to gain access to the message history of a writer and activist who was arrested during Occupy Wall Street protests last fall.

The San Francisco-based micro-blogging service filed court papers Monday asking a judge to quash a subpoena in which the Manhattan district attorney had ordered it to produce months-worth of old tweets, now deleted, that had been posted by Malcolm Harris, who was among 700 people arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge during a march on Oct. 1.

Among other things, prosecutors want to look at all of Harris's tweets in the weeks before and months after the march against financial inequality. Those tweets, prosecutors said, might show whether Harris, managing editor for The New Inquiry online magazine, was aware that police had ordered demonstrators not to march across the bridge.