Earthquake-damaged Washington Monument closes indefinitely

Visitors to one of the capital’s most iconic monuments — the Washington Monument — are out of luck: The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that was centered in Virginia on Tuesday and rocked the East Coast from the Carolinas on up to Boston and beyond also caused lasting damage to the world’s tallest obelisk.

US elections: Republicans Win Control of House

Republicans won control of the House of Representatives and Democrats managed to retain their majority in the Senate following months of voter discontent over the economy and government policy. Based on the results of key races, Republicans were almost certain to capture the House, and several TV networks projected the party would win control.