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A Wisconsin Republican dropped out of the race for a seat on the state assembly on Tuesday after he admitted that he made offensive comments about gay and black people on social media, according to The Gazette.

Jacob Dorsey, a 19-year-old candidate challenging Democratic state Rep. Deb Kolste, apologized last week for referring to gay people as "fags" in a tweet.

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Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson testified Tuesday to the St. Louis County grand jury that is investigating whether he should be charged in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Wilson testified for nearly four hours, according to the newspaper, which cited "a source with knowledge of the investigation."

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Election forecaster Nate Silver did something unusual on Wednesday: He openly criticized another election forecaster's modeling.

The target of his critique was Princeton University's Sam Wang, whose 2014 forecasts have been published by The New Yorker. Silver took the unusual step, he wrote at FiveThirtyEight, because of the disparity between his model and Wang's. Silver's most recent forecast Tuesday gave the Republicans a 53 percent chance of taking over the Senate. Wang's Wednesday forecast shows Democrats with a 70 percent chance of keeping it.

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