Noontime News is a snapshot of the news from the past 24 hours.

Christine wins big in New Jersey, Democrat takes Virginia in governors’ races

(Reuters) – Moderate Republican Chris Christie easily won re-election as New Jersey governor, while a conservative Republican popular with the Tea Party movement narrowly lost his bid for the Virginia governorship, in two races closely watched for signs of voters’ moods ahead of the 2016 presidential race.

Harry Reid Opens Door To Nuking The Filibuster For Judges

For the first time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has opened the door — slightly — to reforming the filibuster for judges with the so-called nuclear option if Republicans persist in their mass blockade of President Barack Obama’s top judicial nominees.

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask “God” to “save the United States and this honorable court.”

Starbucks Is Latest Company Aiming To Help Vets Land Jobs

In recent years, companies ranging from JPMorgan Chase to Walmart to Boeing have announced special hiring programs for veterans. Seattle coffee giant Starbucks is the latest.

In Colorado, A Couple Finds Relief In Obamacare

There’s plenty of criticism of the Affordable Care Act and how it’s being implemented.

The View From The Largest Window In Space

More than 230 miles above Earth, aboard the International Space Station, is a seven-window observatory module called the Cupola. It’s a relatively new addition to the ISS, which made its debut just three years ago, and it happens to be the largest window in space.

In Congo’s Long-Running War, Rebels Call Off Insurgency

There’s rare good news from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country that has hosted one of the world’s deadliest and longest-running wars.

Reader Comments Welcome. Share news stories you have seen here…please be sure to attribute them. Comments with violations of Fair Use guidelines may be edited.