Posted: Nov 25, 2012 3:37 AM
Updated: Nov 25, 2012 3:39 AM
Here are the top stories at this hour from The Associated Press. At the Nerve Center, news producer Jerome Minerva can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). In photos, Mike Musielski (ext. 1900). Times in EST.
SPAIN-REGIONAL ELECTION Polls close at 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010.
BERLIN "Baby boxes," a place where a desperate parent can anonymously leave an unwanted infant, have drawn the attention of U.N. human rights advocates. The group thinks the boxes, used in 11 European countries, are bad for the children and merely avoid dealing with the problems that lead to child abandonment and are seeking to have them banned.
BARCELONA, Spain Voters in the industrious and economically important northeastern region of Catalonia begin casting their ballots in elections that could determine the future shape of Spain. Just over 5.2 million people are eligible to vote for candidates to fill the 135-seat Catalan parliament located in Barcelona.
DHAKA, Bangladesh At least 112 people are killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official says.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan A bombing claimed by the Taliban killed at least five people and wounded some 90 others at a Shiite religious procession in northwestern Pakistan, police say. The carnage is just the latest violence as the minority Muslim sect observes the annual Ashoura holiday.
Sports Coverage: NFL, college basketball and golf.
Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week." Topics: The Middle East; Benghazi, Libya; and the fighting in Central Africa. Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.; actor/director Ben Affleck.
NBC's "Meet the Press." Topics: Congress; the "fiscal cliff;" Benghazi; and the economy. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.; Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; Dave Cote, chairman and CEO of Honeywell International Inc.
CBS' "Face the Nation" " Annual books and authors show.
CNN's "State of the Union." Topics: Congress and politics. Sens. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
"Fox News Sunday." Topics: The Middle East; and Benghazi. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.