Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is at 45 percent among likely voters, while his GOP challenger Rep. Bob Beauprez comes in with 44 percent, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

This is a significant tightening compared with their survey last month that showed Hickenlooper behind Beauprez 50 to 40 percent. Last week’s poll showed 46 percent for Beauprez and 42 percent for Hickenlooper.

Libertarian candidate Matthew Hess only has 1 percent, with Green Party candidate Harry Hempy only gathering 2 percent, according to Thursday’s survey. Another 7 percent are undecided.

Notably, the poll shows women are key in the race, backing the incumbent 49 to 39 percent, while men back Beauprez 49 to 41 percent.

According to the poll results, Hickenlooper is in the lead with independent voters, taking 45 percent to Beauprez’s 40 percent.

It isn’t likely many voters will be swayed between now and Election Day in Colorado. Ninety-one percent of Colorado likely voters say their mind is already made up, while only 8 percent say they could change their mind.

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Google(NEW YORK) — Google is rethinking email with “Inbox,” a product that promises to keep users from drowning in an overflowing inbox.

Working as a complement to Gmail, the product is geared toward a mobile audience and is designed to bring peace and order back to cluttered inboxes everywhere.

However, it’s not available to everyone just yet. Google sent out its first round of invitations on Wednesday to users who will have the privilege of inviting their friends to download Inbox.

No hookup? No problem. Users can also email inbox@google.com to join the wait list for when more invites become available.

Once you’ve scored a coveted invite, here’s what to expect from Inbox.

Important Information at a Glance: Inbox is so smart that it will even add real-time information from the Internet to your emails, such as letting you know if your flight is delayed.

Easy Organization: Similar emails, such as receipts or bank statements are grouped together, making it easier to find the information you need.

It’s Easier to Step Away from Email: Need an email detox? Inbox can take care of that. The app lets users hit snooze for away emails and reminders, allowing you to designate a time or specific location when you’d like them to come back.

Reminders: Never forget a birthday or date ever again. Inbox also makes it incredibly easy by providing relevant phone numbers, maps and addresses, just like a good personal assistant.

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iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) — Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday at the trial of a University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist accused of poisoning his neurologist wife with an energy drink laced with cyanide.

Dr. Robert Ferrante, 65, allegedly gave his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, 41, the drink on April 17, 2013, telling her that it would help her get pregnant. That same day, the couple exchanged text messages about how a creatine regimen could help them conceive.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News, Klein wrote, “Will it stimulate egg production too?”

Ferrante allegedly responded with a smiley face.

Klein collapsed in her home. She died on April 20, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian, where she was chief of the division of women’s neurology and an assistant professor of neurology, obstetrics and gynecology.

Police documents allege that Ferrante did not want an autopsy performed, and instructed that Klein’s body be cremated. Despite those instructions, an autopsy was performed, revealing a lethal amount of cyanide in her system.

Ferrante — considered a leading researcher of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS — allegedly had a bottle of cyanide shipped overnight to his lab at the University of Pittsburgh two days before his wife collapsed, using a university credit card.

Additionally, hours after a police interview following Klein’s death, Ferrante allegedly performed a Google search, writing, “Would ECMO or dialysis remove traces of toxins poisons?”

Police say Ferrante suspected his wife was having an affair. He was arrested in July 2013, charged with one count of criminal homicide. He has pleaded not guilty.

ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said the trial will likely become a battle of medical experts.

“How much cyanide was in her body is the crucial piece of evidence,” Abrams said. “The defense is expected to dispute the reliability of the blood tests. That will be a big part of the case.”

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — As Texas health workers prepare two new biocontainment units to help treat any future Ebola patients the state might have, they’re are using one piece of training equipment from a neighboring state that may surprise you: Tabasco sauce.

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where one of the units is being established, the staff has been practicing treating fake patients who have been sprayed at random with the peppery sauce as a stand-in for Ebola virus-laden fluids. Doctors and nurses practice dressing and undressing in their protective gear to avoid contamination, but if they feel the tingle of Tabasco on their skin, they know they’ve been contaminated.

“In a way, it gives feedback immediately,” said Dr. Bruce Meyer, an executive vice president at the hospital, giving credit to the hospital’s director of infection prevention, Doramarie Arocha, for the idea.

Tabasco sauce is made by Louisiana-based McIlhenny Co. from red peppers called Capsicum frutescens, which are made spicy by the chemical capsaicin. When skin comes in contact with this chemical, the brain’s pain and temperature receptors get activated at the same time, causing that tingly, hot feeling. The hot pepper chemical has also been used in other medical settings, including dermatology and neurology for pain and itch relief.

Nurse Elizabeth Thomas, who works in the hospital’s infection prevention department, said health workers were originally drilling with ketchup mixed with water when Arocha came up with the idea to use Tobasco sauce instead. When workers took off protective gear at the end of a drill, Arocha told everyone to rub their eyes and touch their lips.

“But we didn’t have the burning sensation,” Thomas said. “So that’s how we knew we were doing the right thing.”

In the aftermath of Texas being home to the first two Ebola transmissions on American soil, Gov. Rick Perry this week promised to create two biocontainment units in the state to treat any future Ebola cases that may arise.

Two nurses who treated Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last month — Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29 — contracted the deadly virus and are being treated in isolation units at the National Institutes of Health isolation facility in Bethesda, Maryland, and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, respectively.

Though it’s not clear exactly how the nurses caught the virus, some have speculated that they may have been contaminated while taking off protective gear.

“When you have gone into contaminated gloves, masks or other things to remove those without risk of contaminated material touching you and being then on your clothes or face or skin and leading to an infection is critically important and not easy to do right,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said during a news conference the day Pham’s preliminary Ebola test came back positive.

Vinson’s family announced that she had been declared virus-free on Wednesday, and Pham’s condition was upgraded from “fair” to “good” earlier this week.

One new Texas biocontainment unit will be at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, which is also home to a high-security biolab that is already prepared to treat Ebola in the unlikely event that one of its workers becomes infected while studying the virus in the lab setting. The other biocontainment unit will be at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, which has already spent “north of half a million dollars” retrofitting rooms and training staff to treat Ebola patients in isolation over the last several weeks, Meyer said.

Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, who directs Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity, called the move a “sensible investment,” and said that other communities should be able to replicate centers like the ones at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH facility, where other Ebola patients have been treated in the United States.

“The unit itself physically isn’t that complicated,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, adding that training staff is much more crucial to the effort.

“Virtually any hospital of any size” can build one of these units, he said. And though it might not be as “elaborate” as the ones at Emory and the NIH, it should work.

The United States currently houses four facilities with biocontainment units, and they have the capacity to treat 11 patients. Texas would be adding two new facilities, and the ability to treat several more patients.

“When I heard about this, I said ‘Good for them,'” Schaffner said. “They’ll add to the U.S. capacity to take care of Ebola patients in these units.”

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State of Kentucky(WASHINGTON) — Alison Lundergan Grimes has a reason to smile today. Her campaign in Kentucky just cleared a hurdle that could have hurt her chances with voters.

After the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced its decision last week to stop spending money on television ads in the high-profile race, the committee changed direction to go back on the air in the Bluegrass State, a DSCC official confirmed to ABC News.

The committee’s initial decision to halt funding had been a signal they didn’t see a pathway anymore for Grimes’ uphill battle against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Instead, committee members decided to pour money into races they hoped to win, like that of Georgia.

The committee changed course, however, since the race in Kentucky has tightened, with undecided voters breaking toward Grimes.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — What if, instead of duking it out on the floors of the House and Senate in contentious debates and late-night filibusters, the historically divided United States Congress was forced to work together to fulfill certain basic, primal needs — say, gathering food and resources to share on a deserted island?

On a new show, two senators from opposite sides of the aisle are forced to do just that for one week.

The new reality show Rival Survivor takes Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., from C-SPAN to The Discovery Channel to prove it’s possible for the two divided parties to work together, albeit in the confines of a deserted tropical island.

In a recent interview with ABC News, Flake said he and Heinrich first came up with the idea during a late-night budget vote, each swapping their own stories of survival and spearfishing.

“We started talking jokingly at first about going away and proving that a Democrat and Republican could work together on an island, and it just got a little more serious after that,” Flake said.

Heinrich added, “The more I just thought about how challenging it’s gotten to work together and cut through the partisanship on Capitol Hill, the more I thought it would be a nice contrast to see a Republican and a Democrat struggling, but working together at the same time.”

The venture ultimately required much more than simply spearfishing.

The two were dropped off the side of a boat about a quarter mile from the small island, where they then had to swim through shark-infested waters, fighting against stiff currents and waves, to get ashore.

“There wasn’t a lot of time to second-guess things at that point,” Heinrich said. “When you’re in deep blue water and you can’t see the bottom, you better keep swimming.”

While Flake called it “the most picturesque island in the world,” he said life on the small strip of land was not without its obstacles. “The weather was tough, [we] had to build a shelter,” Flake said, explaining that the two decided to venture for more resources on a larger island about two-thirds of a mile away.

“You realize that these incredibly picturesque places are picturesque because we’re used to experiencing them with a bottle of water in our hand and sunscreen and sunglasses,” Heinrich added. “And you quickly realize when you don’t have those things, they don’t feel quite as picturesque.”

The biggest challenge for the pair was securing the most basic human need: water.

“We wanted this to be an authentic survivor experience, and it was,” Flake said.

With water scarce, the senators relied heavily on coconuts as a source of liquid sustenance while filming the series.

“Needless to say, I think we’re probably both over the coconut water fad at this point,” said Heinrich jokingly. “You start to really have a craving [for] water, just fresh water.”

Over the course of the trip, the two fished for food, coexisted with large coconut crabs, and even swam with sharks. But perhaps their most meaningful collaboration, aside from building their own bipartisan bond, was the time spent discussing ways to ease congressional gridlock.

“We talked a lot about both substance and individual policy issues — but also about process, and why it is that things are as polarized as they’ve become. Frankly, there’s not a lot of trust in Washington,” Heinrich said. “I don’t think you have to agree with people to be able to work together. But you have to trust them.”

When it comes to changing that trust paradigm, both senators suggested that Democrats and Republicans need to spend more time together to help build more productive relationships.

Flake said Congress must “have everybody get together” to work past the deep partisan divides. ”I think people will see through the differences and see that at least we can work together in process and bring things to the floor even if we vote differently in the end,” he said.

“I’d love to see us be there five days a week irrespective — through the weekend sometimes — for three weeks on, and then you go home and you tour your state for week,” said Heinrich. “Some of the most productive times I’ve seen are when everybody was together in the same room. We need more of that.”

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BEIJING) — How do you say “wow” in Chinese?

If you ever need shaming into keeping up with a New Years’ resolution, look no further than the example set by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

While many spend hours each day scrolling through Facebook, the 30-year-old billionaire has been busy running his company and learning Mandarin, something he chose as his “personal challenge” in 2010.

Zuckerberg impressed the crowd at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday when he participated in a 30-minute question-and-answer session entirely in Chinese.

He later posted his Chinese-speaking debut to his Facebook page, drawing raves from some of his 30 million Facebook followers.

“Wow, just wow,” one commenter wrote. “Speaking Chinese for an entire Q&A is already beyond mind-blowing. But then cracking jokes in Chinese and getting the whole room to erupt in laughter?? That’s seriously taking it to a whole new level!”

While this may be the most public showing of the payoff of his famous personal challenges, Zuckerberg has previously tasked himself with other ambitious goals.

In 2009, he gave his trademark hoodie a break and vowed to wear a tie every day to work.

In 2011, he announced on his Facebook page that “I just killed a pig and a goat,” keeping with his goal to only eat meat from animals he personally slaughtered. Zuckerberg said at the time he would appreciate his food more if he learned the process of killing the animal and cooking it.

In 2012, Zuckerberg set a goal to return to coding — something he hadn’t had a chance to have much involvement in as he grew the business of Facebook.

The next year, Zuckerberg made it a point to meet someone new outside Facebook every day — something he said in interviews turned out to be easier than he expected.

This year, the tech titan has been busy practicing gratitude. He told Business Week his goal for 2014 has been to write one thank you note every day.

Not too shabby for a guy who runs a multi-billion dollar company with more than 1.3 billion daily users.

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Alex Boutilier/Toronto Star via Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — The hero sergeant-at-arms who killed the shooter in Wednesday’s attack on the Canadian Parliament was welcomed back into the building Thursday morning with a prolonged standing ovation.

Kevin Vickers, 58, nodded to acknowledge the spontaneous applause that washed over him by the officials in the chamber, which included Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Vickers, a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, holds the ceremonial post of sergeant-at-arms but he confronted and killed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspect in the shooting death of a soldier at the National War Memorial, before invading the main Parliament building.

Parliament was back to work Thursday morning, and the crowd ushered Vickers into the room with applause which went on for several minutes. At one point, a few tears appeared to roll down his cheek. The group then sang the national anthem, and held a moment of silence before the prime minister spoke.

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Alex Boutilier/Toronto Star via Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — The hero sergeant-at-arms who killed the shooter in Wednesday’s attack on the Canadian Parliament was welcomed back into the building Thursday morning with a prolonged standing ovation.

Kevin Vickers, 58, nodded to acknowledge the spontaneous applause that washed over him by the officials in the chamber, which included Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Vickers, a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, holds the ceremonial post of sergeant-at-arms but he confronted and killed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspect in the shooting death of a soldier at the National War Memorial, before invading the main Parliament building.

Parliament was back to work Thursday morning, and the crowd ushered Vickers into the room with applause which went on for several minutes. At one point, a few tears appeared to roll down his cheek. The group then sang the national anthem, and held a moment of silence before the prime minister spoke.

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Steve Dykes/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman still believes his team has what it takes to get back to serious football in January.

Despite dropping back-to-back games against the Cowboys and Rams, Sherman said the team’s spirit is high headed into their game against the Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) on Sunday.

“The team’s still confident in what we can do,” Sherman said on Wednesday. “I think our team is fine and understands what we need to do to turn it around.”

Sherman continued that he understands it’s a long season, but “the intensity’s fine.” He added, “In games like we’ve had these last couple weeks, it’s just a few plays here and there. I think all games are won or lost off a few plays, I think anyone who knows football would tell you the same.”

Seattle’s defense ranks 19th giving up 23.5 points per game. They will have the task of stopping quarterback Cam Newton, who has his team in first place in the NFC South.

“They’re a lot of challenges to playing Cam,” Sherman said. “Obviously he’s a threat running the football, he’s a big body, he’s tough to sack. It’s going to be a challenge for our defensive line and our linebackers.”

Seattle finished 13-3 on their quest to the Super Bowl title last season.

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