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^Thousands die waiting for liver transplants. This tactic could yield more organs<

MED-LIVERS-TRANSPLANTS:PH — The object in David J. Reich's gloved hands looked like a deflated football: oblong in shape, dull brown in color.

It was a human liver, removed more than a day earlier from the body of an organ donor, and under ordinary circumstances it would have been thrown out. The liver had gone too long without oxygen, deteriorating to the point that it was deemed unsafe to transplant into another person.

Reich, head of transplant programs at Hahnemann University Hospital, was determined to give it new life.

He placed the liver in a basin, connected it to some tubing, and switched on a sophisticated pump — delivering a rich mixture of oxygenated blood, anti-inflammatory compounds and nutrients to the organ. Within minutes, it started to turn pink.

Each year in the United States, more than 2,500 people die while waiting to receive liver transplants or become too sick to undergo the surgery and must be removed from the wait list. To increase the supply, researchers are pursuing a variety of strategies to rejuvenate "marginal" organs — those discarded because they are decayed, diseased in some way, or simply too old.

1350 by Tom Avril in Philadelphia. MOVED



^As Missouri turns red, Democrats search for relevance<

MO-DEMOCRATS:SL — Democrats in Missouri, once a potent force in state politics, were relegated to the wilderness by Missouri voters in Tuesday's midterm elections.

Just two years ago, the Show-Me state had Democratic officeholders spread throughout state government. Offices of the governor, secretary of state, treasurer, auditor, attorney general and U.S. Senate were all in Democratic hands.

Now, Auditor Nicole Galloway, who won Tuesday over Republican Saundra McDowell, is the lone Democrat standing after U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill lost her re-election bid.

And, analysts say, there is no clear path back to relevance in a state in which rural red areas are becoming more dominant in deciding the outcome of statewide races.

900 by Kurt Erickson in Jefferson City, Mo. MOVED



^This is one of the hardest places to vote in America<

VOTING-CHALLENGES:SH — For several hours after the polls closed Tuesday, as darkness settled and candidates and journalists anxiously scrolled through their phones, people in Tennessee's most populous county couldn't be sure they were getting up-to-date, accurate results in one of the closely watched races of the midterm election.

Frantic local broadcast reporters, lined up in a drab, cold room at the Shelby County Elections Commission, warned viewers time and again that results were not yet complete, despite what the county website claimed.

Until 11 that night, four hours after polls closed, the only complete results in local contests were not on the county's website, but on the sheets of paper passed out to journalists and campaign workers in the county's offices.

Problems in Georgia got more attention, but here in western Tennessee, long lines, glitchy voting machines, voter registration purges and other difficulties also tarnished the electoral process.

2550 (with trims) by Matt Vasilogambros in Memphis, Tenn. MOVED



^How an island nation's new leaders are trying to unravel a web of secret deals with China<

MALDIVES-CHINA-DEALS:LA — Fresh off his surprise election victory in the Maldives, President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih had a warning for his economic team. The island nation had racked up huge debts to China during an unchecked, five-year building spree by the autocrat he had just defeated.

"Be prepared for it to be worse than we think," one advisor recalled Solih saying.

He was right. Soon after the Sept. 23 election, Solih met the Chinese ambassador and learned that the Maldives owed the Chinese government not $1.5 billion, as had been widely estimated, but nearly $3 billion.

1400 (with trims) by Shashank Bengali in Male, Maldives. MOVED




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